Contract Signed for Professional Recording of Concord's Carillon
Athens, W.Va. - The beautiful and unique sounds of the 48 tuned, bronze bells of the Marsh Memorial Carillon at Concord College, West Virginia’s only true carillon—soon will be available on professionally-recorded compact discs.
Monday, April 3, the Concord Foundation signed a contract with Hudson Recordings of Portsmouth, Va., to make the recording and produce the compact discs. The entire cost is being financed by a special gift designated for the project.
Mr. Todd Fair, internationally-acclaimed carillonneur at the University of Denver in Colorado, has been selected to play Concord’s carillon for the recording. The tunes will include 70 minutes of favorite and familiar selections from patriotic, classical, popular, folk and religious categories, original carillon compositions, and Concord College songs.
Fair will record Easter weekend, April 22 and 23. The public is invited to listen during the recording sessions, and details will be announced as soon as they are available.
Commenting on the recording, Concord President Jerry L. Beasley said, "Concord’s carillon already has won the praise of people in our area and of professional carillonneurs in the United States and abroad, and is becoming a tourist attraction. Now, we are delighted to make the music of our ‘Grand Carillon of the Central Appalachians’ available to a wider audience."
Concord College Notes: Carillons originated in the Low Countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) about 1480. There are three generally-accepted classifications of carillons according to the number of bells. Concord has a "grand" or "concert" carillon with a musical range of four octaves, and 48 tuned, brass bells.
Joseph Franklin Marsh, Jr., presented the Carillon to the College in memory of his parents, Dr. Joseph Franklin Marsh, Sr., who served as president of Concord from 1929-1945, and his wife, Florence Catharine Keller Marsh. Marsh, Jr., served the College as president from 1959 to 1973, and was named President Emeritus in 1985. The Marsh Memorial Carillon is the first and only true carillon in West Virginia.