The Bells: Did You Know?
A carillon needs at least 23 bells – the tower began with a 12-bell chime.
Fear of World War I submarine attacks delayed the first bells’ arrival on a British ship.
The bells played for two continuous hours at the end of World War II.
Famous jazz pianist Herbie Hancock gave a concert on the chimes in 1968.
Famous artist Ruth Asawa sculpted the young bears on the 5.25-ton Great Bear Bell.
The prestigious Berkeley Medal was once the Berkeley Carillon Medal.
Carillonists play with their feet as well as with their hands.
“The coolest job in the world”
Sounds of the Tower