[Bell Historians] Cripplegate (was St Giles, Cathedral, Edinburgh )

LOVE, Dickon dickon.love at ...
Fri Aug 12 13:54:29 BST 2005

"Are you sure St Giles' Cripplegate has a cybalstern (set of four or 
six small bells, mounted on a rotating disc, which give a jingling, 
tinkling sound used as a background to organ pieces such as JS Bach's 
choral prelude on In Dulci Jubilo)?"

I am sure. Last year the ASCY had a service there to mark the 50th
anniversary of the bells (we had a ringers' choir). Mark Jones (ASCY ringer)
made sure the cymbalstern had an outing when he played for it. I'll ask him
how new it is. The church is launching an appeal to restore the organ. The
ASCY incidentally is supporting a new appeal to install a sharp 2nd.

I think most modern cymbalsterns ring their bells with solenoids - St John's
College Cambridge does for example. I gather you can preprogramme the order
in which they are set to jangle as a consequence. The spinning star on the
front of the organ case is for show only.



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