(Maintenance Engineer & Historian)
A vital member of the team at Bournville is Arthur Casey as Maintenance Engineer. As an instrument, the Carillon mechanism is metallic, open to the elements, prone to wear, and constantly in need of adjustment and lubrication.
Although the Carillon underwent major renovation in 1988 when the transmission system was replaced and modernised, it is due to Arthur Casey’s engineering skill, dedication, and interest in music and the Carillon, that the instrument has been kept in pristine condition over the years.
Another ‘job requirement’ of this unusual occupation is having a head for heights and outstanding agility so as to enable all areas of the Carillon mechanism to be reached for adjustment, repair and lubrication. Arthur performs in this area admirably and fulfills his role without any fuss or bother.
Arthur’s interest is not limited to the engineering aspects of the Carillon but he has a wide knowledge of Carillon art history both local and world wide. He plays the organ and piano and this combination of skills and interests makes Arthur unique and someone that we could not do without.
Arthur followed in the footsteps of another dedicated Engineer in Ken Thornbury who likewise maintained the Carillon until his retirement some 20 years ago. This commitment and service should likewise be acknowledged. Bournville is fortunate indeed to have had such dedication from the Carillon maintenance Engineers who often have to work in difficult conditions. Without them, the Carillon would soon become unplayable and a debt of gratitude is owed to Arthur Casey.