The Westminster Ringers were recorded on location at the theater in the Carroll Arts Center on September 12, 2020. The Center is located at 91 W Main St. in the heart of old downtown Westminster, MD, in a magnificently restored art deco movie theatre. In addition to the galleries and other rooms created within the old theater, it retains a 263-seat theatre, with stage, which this project used to record the Handbell and Handchime accompaniments added to the hymns, Just A Closer Walk with Thee, and Amazing Grace, which are included on the album Hymns and Songs for Living.
The Center made the theater available to the Westminster Ringers as part of their ongoing community services. The Center graciously allowed the recording engineer for TortoiseClimbing to bring the recording equipment in and set up the day before. The Center staff were especially helpful with miscellaneous details in setting up for the recording.
The Carroll Arts Center can be contacted at info@CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or by phone at 410-848-7272.
For handling the long-distance arrangements setting up this on-location recording session at the theater in the Carroll Arts Center we were very fortunate to be able to coordinate through Mr. Masters. He provided invaluable technical insights about the theater located in the Carroll Arts Center, where he has recorded a number of other Westminster area groups.
Mr. Masters went out of his way to provide technical details about the theater layout, equipment, wiring, locations, including sending pictures, etc. His assistance made it considerably easier to plan for the on location recording session. Also, he graciously loaned mic stands to minimize how much bulky equipment the recording engineer had to transport to the location.
Note. Mr. Masters is the recording engineer for a full length CD made by the Westminster Ringers in 2019, which presumably they will be making available soon.
Mr. Gordon Masters:
On another dimension, he is a trumpet player in several regional bands/orchestras, including: