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AU announces guests for annual summer carillon recital series

Alfred University will once again offer a summer series of carillon performances for four weeks during the month of July. The 2012 Wingate Memorial Summer Carillon Recital Series will run on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Davis Memorial Carillon on campus.

Admission is free and the performances go on rain or shine. Guests may sit on the lawn adjacent to the carillon. Feel free to bring along chairs and blankets to enhance your listening pleasure.

This summer’s featured carillonneurs and the dates of their programs are:

• Trevor Workman, Bournville (England) Village Trust carillonneur, July 10.
• Janet Tebbel, carillonneur of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia, PA., July 17.
• Groningen Duo, carillonneurs of the Hemony carillon and the Martini tower in Groningen, Netherlands, July 24.
• Koen Cosaert, director of the Royal Carillon School, Mechelen, Belgium, July 31

The first performer, Trevor Workman, Bournville (England)Village Trust carillonneur, is a recognized carillonneur on the world stage having represented Great Britain in numerous European and World Carillon events. He also has completed extensive recital tours of Europe and the United States and regularly plays in Holland, Belgium, and France.

His recital will include works by Haydn, Mozart, Sousa, and others. Workman was appointed carillonneur by the Bournville Village Trust in 1965. He is a former president of the British Carillon Society and is active in promoting the carillon and carillon art in England.

Bournville Carillon celebrated its Centenary in 2006 and is now engaged in developing the "George Cadbury Carillon School." Opened in October 2006, the school is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.

The Wingate Memorial Carillon Recital Series honors Dr. Ray Winthrop Wingate (1886-1968), who was a professor of music at Alfred University for 56 years. After the installation of the bells in 1937, he was appointed the University carillonneur and continued in the position until his death. He arranged more than 5,000 selections for the carillon and composed nine suites.

The Margaret Merrill and Ray W. Wingate Memorial Carillon Foundation funds the series.