Dutch Carillon News No. 24 (February 2016)
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On your screen you can see the first newsletter of 2016 from the Netherlands Carillon Center (NCC). In the previous newsletter we called on you to send us messages of interest to the readers: more than 1100 carilloneurs, carillon music enthusiasts and campanologists. Just over half of the readership is in the Netherlands, the rest in countries around the world. You have - as yet in a modest way - responded to that call, and thus we have a newsletter with diverse content.
The NCC intends to publish the Carillon News every other month. The next deadline is April 1st - no joke - and the newsletter will be sent out a week later. Depending on the amount of copy received we can perhaps - and hopefully - later proceed to a monthly frequency so that there is a digital newsletter with current topics. So do not hesitate to send us your messages, then our 'community' will be kept informed of what is happening globally in the carillon area.
We are pleased that Gerda Peters (carilloneur Beverwijk and Voorburg and assistant carillonneur of Almere) will join our ranks in the editorial team. NCC is revamping and striding forward!
Inspiration day 'the value of carillon music for local communities'
As a follow on to the UNESCO recognition of the carillon culture in Belgium an inspiration day will take place in the premises of the Federal Parliament in Brussels to inspire dynamic handling of the carillon heritage. We will look forward to the impending role of the carillon in local societies. We will enable sharing of useful tips and experiences between carillon players from Belgium, the Netherlands and France, and all organisations working locally with carillon culture. We will also obtain helpful hints from other heritage areas.
At the end of the day there will be a small ceremony at which copies of the UNESCO certificate wil be presented to Belgian carilloneurs and municipalities.
Under this link link you’ll find more details of the event on 22 april. It would be wonderful if everyone who is involved with carillon culture, each from his own role, could meet that day. We would love it if you, professionally or as an amateur enthusiast , will attend.Please pass this invitation on to others in your network.
In early February you will receive the program with a registration form. Reserve Friday, April 22 from 10 am to 16.30 pm on your calendar.
The demise of rock legend David Bowie has set carillon clappers in motion in different places. However, the biggest hype was unleashed by the Utrecht city carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig with a performance which was heard on the day after the death of Bowie from the Dom Tower. The concert was recorded by a passer-by and shared on social media . Then the traditional media took up the event en masse and the hype was born. The YouTube video was shared 40,000 times and viewed 1.7 million times. Incidentally, the Utrecht city carilloneur attracted great interest later that same week when she played her regular recital exclusively with works by the deceased pop star.
Hypes cannot be directed, but the contrarian and original artist Bowie would have appreciated the extent to which the public both in Utrecht and far beyond reacted to his death.
Christiaan Winter (with thanks to Dick van Dijk)
Klok & Peel Museum (Bells & Old Clocks), Asten honors artistic Jack of all trades Jef Rottiers
ASTEN – on Thursday, December 17, 2015 Henri Swinkels, Deputy for Quality of Life and Culture in the province of Brabant and Björn Siffer, Deputy for Culture and Tourism in Mechelen together opened literally the triptych of the Garden of Delights, a true copy by Jef Rottiers of the painting inextricably linked with the Prado Museum in Madrid. The triptych is one of the paintings that can now be seen in the Klok & Peel Museum (Bells&Old Clocks).
Jef Rottiers (1904-1985) was an artistic Jack of all trades. He was not only a skilled educationist and music teacher, but also one of the best carillon players of his time, a prolific composer and a highly regarded painter. Sufficient grounds for the Klok & Peel Museum in Asten to put this affable artist in the spotlight for the coming months in the . the exhibition 'The World of Jef Rottiers around the Garden of Delights.’
Museum Klok & Peel is located on the Ostaderstraat 23 in Asten. For opening hours and more information see www.museumklokenpeel.nl.
Last year Dina Verheyden and Richard Davenport, with much industry and fun, took the story and music of Peer Gynt and made an arrangement for carillon, clarinet, accordion, synthesizer, vocals, narrator and kamishibai. This was performed last summer in Rotterdam and in Veere. It was a great experience both for them and for the numerous public. The performance is suitable for children from 8 years and for adults. Their success warrants more.
It would be great if they could make more performances this summer in the Lowlands. Different formulas are possible. If you are interested or want more information then please contact them.
On 11 November, the first copy of the book of poetry My voice caught in bronze by Erik Kerpen, president of the Utrecht Carillon Society, was presented to the Mayor of Utrecht, Mr Van Zanen. The collection was compiled by a joint working group of the Utrecht Carillon Society and the Utrecht Bell Ringers Guild.
My voice caught in bronze contains not only beautiful Dutch poems but also some poems in other languages on various aspects of ringing bells and playing the carillon. Also, some of the most beautiful inscriptions on the Utrecht bells have been included. The collection has been illustrated by Liesbeth Verdonk, a member of the Utrecht Bell Ringers Guild. The title comes from the inscription on the Bertken bell which the Utrecht Bell Ringers Guild had cast in 2004 for the Buurtoren in Utrecht.
The collection is available in the bookstores in Utrecht and from the Utrecht Bell Ringers Guild via the website www.klokkenluiders.nl.
Dick van Dijk
Editors: Gerda Peters, Bauke Reitsma, Gea van Veen en Christiaan Winter
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