The work that has been done to the historic Campanile in Strand Street, Port Elizabeth is absolutely world class. This evening www.MyPE.co.za got to experience one of the ‘surprises’ of the work done on the bells and keyboard.
Two additional bells have been added to the clarion to make a full 25 notes – middle C and 12 either side.
The 100 year old keyboard (SEE: I Got So Excited When I Saw This 100 Year-Old Keyboard) has had electronics added to it enabling a full range of music to be played and the bells are now also driven by computer allowing for the repertoire to be expanded somewhat.
This evening the Campanile clarions range was tested with a special rendition of the South African National Anthem – Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika – being played.
Stirring stuff as this ancient monument is updated and ‘dragged’ into the 21st Century.
Find out more at www.straton.co.za