Dutch Carillon News No.14 (June 2014)
Where a small country can be great: the Netherlands, with the largest density of carillons in the world! After a glorious 17th century, a period of slumber followed which was rudely awakened by the Second World War. It spread like an epidemic: a town had no status without a carillon within its boundaries. The market became satiated and here and there other musical performances, plugged and unplugged, pushed the carillon from its high throne and its owner’s interest faded. We have not yet managed what our southern neighbours have achieved, the designation of carillon culture as ‘immaterial heritage’. Campanological lethargy is waiting in the wings.
Among carillonneurs, there is a too widespread inclination to busy themselves only with their own home ground and lose sight of the wider scene. Very shortly it will be possible to meet each other during the Congress of the World Carillon Federation in Antwerp, the possibility of seeing further than from one’s own tower. The predicate, Guide Country, no longer applies to the Netherlands in many areas. Can it regain it as far as it concerns carillon culture? Our inspiration should come this summer from Belgium, we hope. We shall take the lead now with a new and fresh lay-out for the Newsletter. Besides, the Netherlands Carillon has just added three fresh carillonneurs to the world-wide guild: Aviva Boissevain, Juan Vergaduer and JungEun Kim. Who can beat that?
On Tuesday, June 17th, JungEun Kim, Aviva Boissevain and Juan Verdagauer played thier exam concert on the Eijsbouts Carillon in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Tower in Amersfoort. JungEun Kim gained her Masters' and Aviva and Juan their Bachelors'.
Congratulations to them all!
On September 6th, Amersfoort will resound to carillon activities.
10.30 am Reception and coffee in the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe-Toren
Lunch and drinks are offered to you by the Netherlands Carillon Centre
Note the date - September 6th, 10.30 - 18.00 - in your diary and register via firstname.lastname@example.org
As usual, the Netherlands Carillon Center and the Netherlands Carillon School has organized six summer evening concerts on the carillons of the Tower of Our Lady. These take place on the Wednesday evenings, July 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th and 6th and 13th August, from 20.00 to 21.00 hrs. Ten minutes before they begin, the concerts are heralded by the Amersfoort Bellringers Guild on the ring of seven bells.
The concerts for this summer:
During the World Carillon Congress in Antwerp, the Netherlands Carillon Center will have a stand with books, sheet music and CDs.
Consult our web shop via www.beiaardcentrum.com
Redactie: Bauke Reitsma, Gea van Veen, Simeon Bodden
Teksten: Christiaaan Winter, Gea van Veen
3800 AT Amersfoort
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