Rees Memorial Carillon, Springfield

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The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of the Illinois state register from 1881-1933. During World War I, Rees served on the International Board of Arbitration for newspapers and later for unions, providing him the opportunity to travel Europe and beyond. Rees attributes his great interest in bells to visiting carillons in Belgium and the Netherlands- though his initial interest was the result of reading articles in National Geographic, the Musical Quarterly, and Art & Archeology by William Gorham Rice.

Rees provided a bequest to build his instrument, leaving specific instructions in his will regarding number of bells and its location. Robert Stuart, Springfield Park District President (1959-1975), carefully implemented the Senator's vision by consulting and hiring the architects, designers and the bell foundry when the carillon was constructed in 1962. The quality of the instrument coupled with size and location in the century old Washington Park distinguishes Rees Carillon as one of the world's finest instruments.

The Rees Carillon boasts 67 cast bronze bells covering a range of 5 1/2 chromatic octaves. Total weight equals 82,753 lbs; the largest (bourdon) bell weighs 7 1/2 tons with the smallest weighing 22 lbs. The instrument was cast by the 300-year-old bell foundry of Petit & Fritsen, Ltd., in Aarle-Rixtel, Netherlands. All of the bells are played manually from a World Standard Keyboard installed in the year 2000.
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  • Make sure you visit when the bells chime. It is in a lovely park where you can take a lovely walk. Love the chimes.  more »
  • We visited the Rees Memorial arillon in Springfield IL, i would highly recomend it! The tour is ver interesting! untill we visited this place i had no idea the beauty of the concerts conducted at the ...  more »
  • While visiting friends in Springfield, we were invited to go with them to the Carillon Festival at the Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. We had the most pleasant evening listening to wonderfu...  more »
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  • Find out when the festivals are bring your lawn chair and enjoy!
  • Interesting. Certain times there are concerts and tours. Beautiful
  • The music from our carillon can be heard around the surrounding neighborhoods; it's been so nice making memories with it. The carillon festival is coming up, and I can't wait! It's always nice when fireworks are set off to the music.
  • Attended the art fair here. Upscale exhibits in a nice setting.
  • This memorial sent my wife and I for a loop, we were walking the park and noticed it over the trees. Filled with intrigue we went over to check it out. Very cool building in the park
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