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Quimpérois for 5 years, Matthieu Jules follows, at 24 years, studies of History of art and archeology. “The bells are a heritage that gives off a whole story through what is written on them. There is a real link with my course of study ”, declares the one who, moreover, plays the cello and practices choral singing. “From the age of 6, I developed a great sensitivity to music and, at 12, I started watching videos of ringing bells on the internet”. The click, therefore, leading him to discover the world of bells.

The goal is to make known and enhance this hidden heritage to which not everyone has access.

During his wanderings at the top of the steeples, he transmits the data recorded to the French Society of Campanology. “I mostly list the bells near Quimper, but I sometimes go elsewhere in Brittany and France. The goal is to make known and enhance this hidden heritage to which not everyone has access ”, confides the one who, for four years, took care of the ringing of the bells of Crozon and Camaret (29) where he was sacristan. It is once installed in Quimper that he decides to make real reports.

The oldest bell (1818) in the steeple of the church of Mahalon, with a sober decoration and melted in Brest by Viel Aîné, responds to the name of Anne

Sound recordings

Municipality by municipality, it proceeds by visualizing the whole and the aspect of the bells then lists the name of the founder, of the bell and of its godfather and godmother, its date of casting and its diameter. There are also the photographs of the decorations, from the top part – called “the brain” – to the bottom of the dress. Sound recordings complete the whole. First each bell solo, then the whole on the fly which, starting from the precise note of a bell followed by the others, forms completed major chords.

On Facebook and YouTube

These campanar studies give rise to articles published on dedicated Facebook groups and to videos. on his YouTube channel while waiting for the creation of a future website. In parallel with his pursuit of a master’s degree, he nurtures a dream: one day to become one of the 300 French campanists, a rare profession, with many facets (carpenter, electrician, mechanic, watchmaker, etc.), of those who maintain the mechanism of the bells and allow them to sound good. “It concerns all the technical and functional part. There is no dedicated school, we train with enthusiasts or professionals, ”he explains, hoping to soon integrate an internship in a specific company known for its expertise in this area.

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