Dutch Carillon News No. 26 (June 2016)
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The world is getting larger and smaller simultaneously. On the one hand the (carillon) news reaches us from the other side of the world just as easily as the events next door. See the examples in this issue of the Dutch Carillon News. On the other hand for many people the goings-on in one’s immediate vicinity are of increasing importance. The rise in popularity of regional produce and the revival of local customs are typical examples. I do not make the assumption that the global carillon strategy is going to radically change the world order. What I sincerely hope is that news from remote places, exotic or not, provides an inspiration for all involved so that they can promote the carillon with enthusiasm and conviction in their own environment. Of course for our open air musical instrument summer is the prime season for ‘local outdoors musical experience’.
Wishing you an interesting, and a good summer
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 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:
Wim Ruitenbeek, Geert D'hollander, Henk Verhoef, Gijsbert Kok, Frans Haagen, Klaas de Haan
For information about summer concerts in the Netherlands please see the concert agenda of the Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging (see concerten)
On September 9th 2016 an international carillon improvisation competition will be held in Breda in collaboration with Beiaardcentrum Nederland and the Vlaamse Beiaardvereniging. Location will be the carillon of "De Grote Toren", Breda.
First prize will be € 500,- and the opportunity to give a concert next year in Breda. The second prize will be € 250,-. You have until the 15th of August to register. Send your CV, adress and a press-photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the jury: Daan Manneke, Carl van Eyndhoven, Gijsbert Kok, Gertjan Endedijk (non voting chairman), Christaan Winter (non voting secretary on behalf of BCN).
In each Dutch Carillon News we would like to put a carillon in the spotlight. Do you have an interesting story about a lesser-known carillon? Send us your text in 250 words maximum and with one or two pictures.
In this Dutch Carillon News we start with the carillon of The Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen (Scotland).
The Carillon in the Kirk of St Nicholas, Aberdeen, Scotland is the largest (48 bells) of four carillons in Scotland. St Nicholas Kirk dates from very early times of Christianity in Scotland and parts of the present building date from the 12th century. It is known that there were 6 bells originally but these were all destroyed in a fire of 1874 which consumed the wooden bell tower. When the tower was rebuilt it was made of Aberdeen granite (2,000 tons) and it was decided to install a carillon of 37 bells to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. This carillon was cast by van Aerschodt of Louvain and installed in 1887. Unfortunately, the tone was very poor and the sound did not carry, so for the next 65 years only psalm melodies were played on the bottom bells.
In 1952 the City Council (who own the bells) instructed Gillett & Johnston of Croydon, London to take down the bells and recast them. This resulted in a carillon of very superior tone and in 1954 it was completed with the addition of 11 more bells. It is the heaviest carillon the UK weighing 25 tons and the bourdon bell weight 4 1/2 ton.
There have been four City Carilloneurs since 1952 and I, Ronald Leith, have been Carilloneur since 1978. I play daily from mid-June to mid-September, a half hour before the church service on Sundays, and twice a week at other times. I was pleased to welcome Gerda Peters a few years ago, and have other occasional visitors who love the wonderful sound, but I will let Gerda describe her visits herself.
Gerda: "Twice I was able to spend a week in Aberdeen where I experienced the hospitality of colleague Ronald Leith. It was marvellous to be able to play on such a great carillon at Aberdeen. The bells have a beautiful, full sonorous sound and thanks to a technical revision carried out since my first visit in 2005 it played much better when I went to play again in 2014.
It is not possible for Ronald to organise a concert series but colleagues are always welcome to come along and play. Ronald is a self-taught carilloneur who was thrown in the deep end by his predecessor. He would really like to exchange ideas with colleagues and to discuss carillon music, playing technique, instruments and so forth. I thoroughly recommend making the journey to Aberdeen to get acquainted with a wonderful instrument and its inspired performer. You will have a fantastic time!”
Text: Ronald Leith en Gerda Peters
The bells of Van den Gheyn will be the stars of the show during the Carillon Festival. organised by the Veere carillonneur David van der Vlies together with Veere Museum and the Veere town council.
This day will provide a special opportunity to experience the stunning Van den Gheyn carillon with its bells from 1735/1790 in all its facets. There will be traditional beiaard performances and also various musical combinations. Besides Van der Vlies you can also listen to the carilloneurs Wim Ruessink (Groenlo and Winterswijk) and Richard the Waardt (Rotterdam) during 'carillon +' - performances. The program includes: a piano recital, jazz, a harp ensemble, a saxophone quartet and the musical fairy tale of Peer Gynt.
At the podium on the market in front of the town hall there will be a screen with a live connection for following the concerts. For interested carilloneurs there will be a chance to play the instrument between concerts and during the tower tours between 12:35 and 14:05.
Through many years of cooperation between individual composers, carilloneurs and artists from Lithuania and the Netherlands, combined with informal contacts with the Lithuanian Embassy in The Hague, the foundation had been laid for broad, friendly and cultural exchanges. Early in 2016, the organisers of the 20th Lithuanian Pazaislio Muzikos Festivalis asked Joseph J. Visser to stimulate interest from Dutch carilloneurs to come and give concerts on the carillons of Kaunas and Klaipeda, and to play during the 'Vilnius Culture Night'. For artist and composer Visser, also curator of exhibitions of work by, inter alia, Giedrius Jonaitis, designer of the banknotes, and Kestutis Vasiliunas, it is not the first time that he travels with carilloneurs to Lithuania. In 2014 he travelled with Auke de Boer - town carilloneur at Dokkum and Groningen - to let their skills be seen and heard in Kaunas.
In response to the request from Lithuania, Visser and De Boer decided to choose from carilloneurs whom they had especially appreciated during the series of summer concerts in Dokkum. Thus in the coming weeks:
These performances are pilot projects for the participation of Dutch carilloneurs in subsequent years at this internationally renowned festival.
Photo: Joseph J. Visser and Auke de Boer (©Bauke Reitsma)
Last summer CarillonConcerts Berlin staged a weekend carillon festival onthe68-bell carillon inBerlin-Tiergarten. American carillonneur Joey Brink performed on Saturday August 15. Joey won first prize at last year’s Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen and assumed the position of carillonneur atthe Rockefeller Chapel ofthe University of Chicago on October 1. His program in Berlin included music by Bach, Barnes, Brink, Chopin, Courter, D’hollander and White and songs by the Beatles and Sondheim.
On August 16 Berlin carillonneur Jeffrey Bossin was joined by his Portuguese colleague Abel Chaves for a four hands performance of their arrangement of the complete cycle of Vivaldi’s violin concertos The Four Seasons.
Chaves is carillonneur in Alverca, Mafra and Leiria, where he directs the Portuguese Carillon School. The festival was blessed with fine weather and a good number of Berliners and tourists sitting on the grass and benches around the tower enjoyed the music.
Jeffrey Bossin, city carillonneur Berlin
Photo: Joey Brink
The new Center for the Art of Bellringing has been established at the state-owned Kremlin Museumin Rostov Veliki, a small town near Yaroslavl northeast of Moscow. The kremlin has two small sets of Russian chimes or zvons and a large one of fifteen bells from the 17th century including a 32 ton bourdon. The ceremonial opening of the bellringing center took place onJanuary 22,2016
The aims of the bellringing center are:
Photo: Nikolai Samarin (left) and Viktor Karovskiy playing the zvon of the Church of the Resurrection in kremlin of Rostov Veliki
The Festival of Medieval Culture of the kremlin of Rostov Veliki from August 21-23, 2015 was organized by its director, Natalia Karovskaya. The kremlin includes a 17th century belltower with fifteen bells including a 32 ton bourdon. Russian bell ringing played an important role during the festival, and on one occasion the public was invited to climb the tower and listen to a number of pieces. The kremlin also has two smaller chimes made of bells dating from the 17th and 19th centuries, and several concerts of bell music were played on these during the festival. Three hours of lectures on campanological subjects were given, mostly on Russian chimes but also including one about the new St. Petersburg carillon and the carillon art in Belgium and the Netherlands held by the young Russian carillonneur Alexandra Kapinos. I gave a talk about the maintenance of the carillon in Berlin-Tiergarten. The highpoint of the festival was a performance of Tschaikovsky’s 1812 Overture which used the kremlin’s bells. The campanologists were also treated to an evening buffet in the kremlin’s garden and a brunch during a boat ride on the neighbouring lake.
Photo: The belltower of the kremlin in Rostov Veliki
Mobile carillon of three tons inaugurated
MECHELEN - Hundreds of Mechelen residents visited the carillon school during the weekend for the inauguration of the mobile carillon.
The Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn held an open house all weekend. Visitors were given tours by the carillon students, there were introductory lessons and people could follow demonstrations. Many enjoyed a whole series of concerts from the carillon inSt Rumbold's Tower. But the climax of the day was the inauguration of the brand new mobile carillon with 50 bells weighing 3 tons.
Mechelen is world famous as a carillon city. And now add to that a mobile carillon. The mobile carillon has 50 tuned bronze bells and is played with the traditional baton type keyboard. The instrument was manufactured by the bell foundry Royal Eijsbouts at Asten (Netherlands). “Itis a new impetus in the promotion of Belgian carillon art, which was recognised in 2014 by UNESCO as best safeguarding practice for the intangible world cultural heritage," said culture councillor Bjorn Siffer during the inauguration ceremony at the church of the Cultural Centre.
From the ivory tower
“The carillon isan instrument that is hidden in many towers. People usually have a mistaken idea about it” said Koen Cosaert, director of the Royal Carillon School Jef Denyn. "With this mobile carillon we will literally climb out of our ivory towers and come down to earth. This carillon can be used anywhere and can play music invillages, squares and parks“he said.
“This formula brings the carillon very close to the audience, young and old, festival and concert goers, residents, visitors strolling through our shopping streets. The carillon school is the first music school in Belgium to have its own mobile carillon “added culture councillor Ships Bjorn Siffer.
Source: Gazet van Antwerpen
'Oh oh Den Haag' echoes over the city behind the dunes
On Friday astute Hagenaars might have heard some popular tunes coming out of the Grote Kerk. Just for once the city carilloneur Gijsbert Kok was playing requests.
In recent months the carillon in the Grote Kerk had undergone a major refurbishment and that had prevented Kok from letting his merry playing be heard in The Hague. The city carilloneur was so happy that he could resume his work that tocelebrate hespent Friday playing a variety of songs that had been requested by residents via Facebook. The most requested was Oh, Oh, Den Haag from Harry Jekkers and also popular were: Venus from The Hague band Shocking Blue, Perfect Day by Lou Reed and Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. “Today I play for everyone” said Kok.
Source: Algemeen Dagblad
Celebration at Cariilon Heikese church Tilburg
Tilburg - The carillon in the Heikse church is 50 years old. It was installed in 1966. This jubileum will be celebrated by several activities starting at the end of June:
Source: Brabants Dagblad
Culemborg’s Carillon need not be played quieter
CULEMBORG - The local council has decided that the carillon of the Grote or Barbarakerk in Culemborg need not be played quieter. But that is not the end of the story. First on 16 June the council must revise the local regulations for sound levels so as to bring the carillon within the authorised norms. Then it is expected that the local residents who had already complained will take the issue to court.
Source: De Gelderlander
The carillon in Roosendaal celebrates it’s 50th year
ROOSENDAAL - The Petit and Fritsen carillon in the St. Jan celebrates it’s 50th year. This will be celebrated during Open Monument Day - 10th September - with a full program organised by Toni Raats who plays the 48 bells in the top of the former church tower each week.
Source: Roosendaalse Bode
New Catch. New carillon compositions by composers from The Hague (NL). Editor: Gijsbert Kok
Composed by Dick Le Mair from Gouda. Listen on YoutTube.
Composed by Willem Breuker (1944-2010)
And back again...:
In 1995 composed by Louis Andriessen
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Editors: Gerda Peters, Bauke Reitsma, Gea van Veen en Christiaan Winter
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