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Karen Lochhead ignored a broken arm and cold weather to hear Dr. McCrady's first performance.
Karen Lochhead ignored a broken arm and cold weather to hear Dr. McCrady's first performance.

Sounds of the carillon in Ottawa

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Almost every weekday at noon, a live concert begins in a control room near the top of Ottawa's Peace Tower. 53 bells peal forth and are heard for blocks around Parliament Hill. Music from Bach to the Beatles is performed on a carillon -- a rare instrument where massive bells are controlled by touch-sensitive keys and pedals. Last summer, Gordon Slater retired after 31 years as Canada's official Dominion Carillonneur. Slater was only the 4th carillonneur since the position was established in 1927. A half-dozen non-Canadians tried out for the job. The winner was a family physician from Washington. Dr. Andrea McCrady gave her first official performance from the Peace Tower on November 3rd. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin was there when a smattering of appreciative listeners braved near-freezing temperatures on the national landmark's broad lawn, where huge throngs gather in warmer weather.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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