Cathedral Events

Friday, May 23, 2014 6 PM

Fiftieth Anniversary of the Peal Bells

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Peal Bells

Bell ringers from across North America, as well as from the British Isles and Australia, gather at Washington National Cathedral May 23–26 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral’s ten peal bells and of the Gloria in Excelsis tower, the Cathedral’s central tower.

There will be ringing on the bells throughout the weekend, including two full peals (each lasting more than three hours); several quarter-peals; and ringing before and after Sunday’s service of Choral Evensong, which will celebrate the anniversary.

The public is welcome to enjoy the ringing throughout the weekend, which will be audible anywhere on the Cathedral grounds.

Video Retrospective

The Tower of Washington tells the story of the completion and dedication of the central (Gloria in Excelsis) tower and the carillon and peal bells housed therein. The Ascension Day 1964 celebration included worship, music, balloons, and an evening concert.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, May 23
6–8 pm — General ringing

Saturday, May 24
11 am — Panel discussion: Fifty Years Ago
1:15–5pm — Peal

Sunday, May 25
12:30–3 pm — Quarter peals
3–4pm — Service ringing
4 pm — Festival Evensong »
5:15 pm — Organ recital »
6:15–8 pm — General Ringing

Monday, May 26th
12–4 pm — Peal

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.