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Bell Tower is moved to lessen concert disruption

posted 25 Mar 2010, 07:13 by David Rintoul   [ updated 25 Mar 2010, 07:37 ]

Its silence has been a welcome relief to Usher Hall concert-goers for years.

But the chimes of the Bell Clock Tower are set to be heard once more to ring in the changes at the end of the venue's £40 million refurbishment.

The bells were finally silenced around eight years ago, having been the bugbear of the audience at the Lothian Road concert hall since the clock's installation nearly 50 years ago.

The large hourly bell and four quarter-hour chimes could be clearly heard over the music.

However, thanks to a midnight flit across the road to Festival Square, a new mechanism that allows the chimes to be temporarily disconnected on demand, and improved soundproofing inside the Usher Hall, the Bell Tower Clock will soon be ringing again.