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Name that tune...Westminster Chime


The Westminster Chime is the famous "Big Ben" melody that's played by the clock tower, Elizabeth Tower, in the House of Parliament in London. Westminster Quarters is now the most popular tune for church bells and can be heard all over the world.

The melody was inspired by a phrase from Handel's "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth". The words and music were arranged by Williams Crotch in 1793 and are still popular in churches today.

Here are just a few of the places you can hear the tune:

  • Great St Mary's Church, Cambridge – the original home of the chimes

  • The Peace Tower in Ottawa, Canada

  • The San Francisco Ferry Building clock tower

  • Schools in Japan, China and Taiwan, which often use the tune as school bells to signal the beginning/end of lessons

  • Most traditional grandfather, wall and mantel clocks play the Westminster Chime.

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