The carillon was presented to the City of Berlin by Daimler-Benz AG to mark the 750th anniversary of its founding. The initiative was based on an idea by the musician and composer Jeffrey Bossin, who has since been giving regular concerts on the carillon. The tower was intended as a memorial to the carillons in the Parochialkriche and the Garnisonkirche in Potsdam, which were both destroyed in the Second World War.
The bell tower is 42 meters high and clad in black granite. Several architects contributed to the design, among them Axel Schultes. Boasting 68 bells, it is the fourth largest carillon in the world and has a pitch range of five and a half octaves. The largest bell weighs 7.8 tons.
The carillonneur, Jeffrey Bossin, performs concerts every Sunday from May to September, and on selected holidays throughout the year, usually at 3 p.m.(2 p.m. in December). The carillon also plays computer-controlled pieces at 12 noon and 6 p.m. daily.
Pentecost 2012, the carillon in Berlin-Tiergarten is celebrating its 25th anniversary – with an international festival and a symposium of bell tower music. The world’s leading composers and virtuosos of bell tower music are gathering in Berlin for the international festival.
Artistic Director: Jeffrey Bossin
Tel + 49 – (0)30 - 851 28 28