She uses her closed hands to play the keyboard, which is attached to the bells above with a system of levers and wires.
This group arrived first for the visit. Others were delayed by car trouble. This view is from the steps to the bell tower.
Here are some of the massive bells. Read more about the Pittis Carillon here.
Michael Solotke performs "Toccata for 42 Bells." As explained by the visitors, at Yale, the students perform twice a day and take requests, including popular songs. There are 24 Guild members in all. They do not have a teacher, but members commit to teach other students. Every spring break, they go on tour. Every other year, they go to Europe to play carillons.
When the group visits Princeton, they will meet with Robin Austin, who was once the carilloneur at Grace Church. Jeff Spelman is now the carilloneur. He greeted the students and noted their visit brought possibly the most carilloneurs ever to visit Grace Church at one time.
Al Pittis, whose family donated the carillon to the church, welcomes the visitors to cocoa and snacks after they perform.
Only a couple of Plainfielders turned up Saturday for the tour and performances, but the visit was well-documented. Look for video on the Grace Church web site soon and even a YouTube post. The video below is a Plaintalker first.
Thanks to all the Yale students for a memorable occasion!