BIRMINGHAM - FPC : USA - AL

*Location:

   First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
   21st Street North* at 4th Avenue North
     (* = Richard Arlington Jr Blvd N)
   Birmingham, Alabama, USA
   LL: N 33.51817, W 86.80617
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*Carillonist:

   (Mrs.) Robin Vines   (A)
   E: vines1992@bellsouth.net
*Past carillonist:
   1977-2010 Muriel Teague

*Contact:

   First Presbyterian Church
   2100 4th Avenue North
   Birmingham, AL  35203-3304
   T: (205)322-5469   F: (205)320-7475
   E: church/@/fpcbham DOTorg

*Schedule:

   Sundays at noon; also special events,
   including Festival of Arts and
   Veterans Day.

*Remarks:

   Practice clavier is the original G&J
   53-note main clavier from Park Avenue
   Baptist Church, New York.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 37 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is F# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  6 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C G   
   There are no missing bass semitones
   There is a non-identical practice console
   The instrument was enlarged in 1961
     with bells made by vanBergen   
   Prior history:
     In 1924, the instrument was begun with 25 bells
       with bells made by Taylor      
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 10 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   15 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  18 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:  90%
   Year of latest technical information source is 1970
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The church Website hopens with a photo that shows part of the tower.  More is shown in a photo on the Where We Are page (under About Us).  But the carillon is not mentioned anywhere.

Building photos from Emporis Buildings
(Also see our Emporis Advice.)

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanBergen bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by weight.
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American traditional carillons by year of completion.

Other medium carillons with similar keyboard ranges.

Index to all traditional carillons in AL.

Index to all tower bell instruments in AL.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 10-Aug-15
   based on textual data last updated on 2015/08/05
   and on technical data last updated on 1992/05/09
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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