Dutch Carillon News No. 25 (April 2016)
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It is a valued custom that the chairman provides text linking the different contributions in Carillon News, but this time the topics are so diverse that I refrain from the task. Dutch Carillon News is as a well stocked shop; take what is good for you and tasty. Pass by that which does not grab your attention. And of course ensure you replenish the store with what you feel the global carillon community should consume. We await your messages. May 31 is the next deadline. In early June the next Dutch Carillon News will appear.
Friday 22nd April from 10.00 till 17.00 hrs in the Federal Parliament (Brussels) : Unesco and the Carillon culture
Inspiration day “the value of carillon music for local communities in Belgium’
On Friday 22nd april there will be an inspiration day taking place in the buildings of the Federal Parliament. It will be about the role that a carillon can play in local communities. We will welcome cultural officials, policy makers, heritage professionals, carillonneurs and carillon lovers. The day will consist of presentations, workshops and concerts played on the carillon of the Parliament.building. Also local authorities that are considering acquiring a Carillon and who are looking for helpful tips are most welcome.
The content will include:
The inspiration day is part of the recognition of the Belgian Carillon culture by UNESCO in 2014 as a practical example of dealing with intangible cultural heritage. In this way UNESCO recognises the value of the Carillon for communities living in cities present and future and calls on them to further develop the Carillon culture.
Organisation: The Belgian Carillon Heritage Committee in cooperation with FARO, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Thanks to the support of the House and Senate we can offer the full day’s program, catering and simultaneous translation at the price of 10 Euros.
We hope to welcome you on this important day. The full program and the registration form can be found at www.beiaard.org. You can also link directly to the registration form.
Important: official carilloneurs and administrators who manage a carillon will receive at the end of the day a luxury copy of the UNESCO certificate.
May we ask you to also share this post with your local contacts (municipality, carillon committee ...)?
With best regards,
(photo: the carillon at the Federal Parliament Brussels)
From 9th to 11th September 2016 the Nordic Association NSCK will celebrate its 50th anniversary by holding he Nordic Bell Conference in Copenhagen (DK) with lectures, concerts and visits to interesting church bells and carillons. The conference is based in the church of The Holy Spirit (Helligåndskirken) in the heart of Copenhagen. During the conference the association's general assembly will take place. Non members are welcome at concerts, visits and lectures. The detailed program will appear on www.nsck.org and Facebook.
Per Rasmus Møller,
Bells in poetry and legends
There is a wealth of poems and stories that have bells as subject matter. The content is very diverse: from humorous to symbolic and from moralising to erotic. Carl van Eyndhoven has put together an attractive seminar on this topic.
The lecture examines the different themes and provides some striking examples from a wide range of literature. The many composers who were inspired by bell poetry will also be mentioned (eg Debussy, Rachmaninov and Bruch).
Read more (Dutch)
On Tuesday, June 14th, Wilbert Berendsen (student at the Netherlands Carillon School) will give an exam-concert on the Eijsbouts Carillon in the Tower of Our Lady which will be judged by carillon teachers and a representative from the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium. The time of the exam and the programme will be announced shortly on our website and Twitter.
Exhibition: 'The world of Jef Rottiers and the garden of earthly delights' Until 18 december 2016 in Museum Clock & Peel
Museum Clock & Peel in Asten is currently holding a beautiful exhibition about the life of the Belgian artist Jef Rottiers (1904-1985). He was not only a skilled educator and professor of music, but also one of the best carillon players of his time, a productive carillon composer and a highly regarded painter. He made furore as guest carillonneur in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and England. He is also noted as an arranger and composer.
Thus there was sufficient reason for the Museum Clock & Peel to present this affable artist in the coming months with the exhibition ‘The world of Jef Rottiers and the garden of earthly delights'. The exhibition covers the life of this versatile artist and includes paintings from his hand. Both detailed replicas of masterpieces and also paintings are on show in which Belgian proverbs and folk songs are to be found.
Read more (Dutch)
Carillonneurs and Carillon lovers gathered on Easter Monday in Neerpelt where the Flemish Carillon Association (VBV) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM). There were forty participants, including a rather large delegation from Netherlands.
During the AGM a new Board was elected. The outgoing board has in recent years organised the 500th anniversary celebrations of the carillon with a lot of media attention, a well attended World Congress in Antwerp and Bruges and has supported the Unesco recognition of the carillon culture.
The new Board intends to act as a Steering Committee and to broaden the Association through project groups. The newly elected board members are: Koen Van Assche (Chairman), Koen Cosaert (Deputy Chairman), Dina Verheyden (Secretary), Jakob De Vreese en Christophe Mestdag. The project groups Communication & Promotion, Carillonneurs interests and United Associations will be started in the short term.
The bookshop was busy throughout the afternoon. There was a good range of publications on offer from the Mechelen Carillon school, the Carillon Center Netherlands (represented by Christiaan Winter), carilloneur Jan Willem Achterkamp, and others. Afterwards more than twenty performers tested the new carillon. Right from the first sounds, everyone was convinced that Neerpelt has gained a wonderful carillon with its own character.
Finally there was also Carillon PLUS. First we heard the soprano Dina Verheyden accompanied by her partner Richard De Waardt. This caused surprised looks towards the singing tower ... Carilloneur Jan Verheyen then played together with the guitarist Luc Hendriks from Overpeltse. They provided a relaxed lounge atmosphere in the centre of Neerpelt.
The attendees will surely take home fine memories of the famous Limburg hospitality …
Jan Verheyen and Koen Van Assche
On Saturday April 2 it was World Autism Day. Carilloneur André Kukolja gave a recital on the carillon of Our Lady Tower in Amersfoort. It is thought that the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Erik Satie possibly had autism.
Kukolja played arrangements of these composers to give attention to World Autism day. From Mozart he played the Glockenspiel Papageno and three of the twelve “kegel” duets (KV 487). Between these cheerful sounds he played one of the Trois Gymnopédies by Satie. These have a static character. Kukolja performed an arrangement of the Adagio Sostenuto from the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven to conclude the program.
Anne Kroeze becomes City carilloneur in Emmeloord
Emmeloord - Anne Kroeze from Emmeloord was appointed City Carilloneur on Thursday by Aucke van der Werff on top of the Poldertoren. The mayor and aldermen stress both the cultural significance of this unique carillon for the Northeast polder and the importance of the playing of the carillon by awarding this title.
The carillon in the Poldertoren is played weekly by Anne Kroeze. Prior to the privatisation of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the carillon was a service of the municipality. Playing the carillon has now become one of the tasks of the Culture Company.
Carillon dispute in Veere
VEERE - If you mention the carillon in Veere you can expect an emotional reaction. On Monday evening the council house was the scene of a fierce altercation. The town councillors were indignant over the decision of the mayor and aldermen to silence the carillon automatic chiming system during the night. The local tradesmen’s association in turn were annoyed at this reaction of the town council and expressed their lack of confidence in writing. They refuse to meet with the council which, as a backlash to the mayor and alderman’s decision, had announced it’s intent to withdraw support for further touristic developments - and that of course irritated the tradesmen.
Editors: Gerda Peters, Bauke Reitsma, Gea van Veen en Christiaan Winter
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