Dutch Carillon News No. 21 (June 2015)
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Pacemakers or hangers-on: it is something universal. Hooligans, people celebrating carnival, bikers ignoring traffic lights, or happy-birthday-to-you-singers, all can be divided along the same line. Carillon friends are no exception. Some of them are always busy organizing things, many of them are happy – consciously or unconsciously – to go with the musical flow. The other day I was present at a summer afternoon recital in the south of our country. At one side of the tower a small group carillon friends were listening attentively in the large green refectory garden, at the other side hundreds were enjoying food, drinks and some rags of the singing tower. Multiplying the number of listeners on each side of th tower with the amount of concentration might very well give the same number. Who am I to decide which one of the two groups was doing the right thing? Would it not be better to try and connect the pacemakers and the hangers-on?
In this newsletter you find announcements and reports of activities that will lead to new connections: examinations, concerts, our volunteer (welcome!) and the casting of new bells. Next to that, of course, no harm is done if the pacemakers at the one side come over to the hanger-on on the other, to make them join. Ignoring a red traffic light is so much nicer in a well motivated group. The same goes for singing at a birthday party. And for enjoying bell music.
I wish you a beautiful carillon summer!
On Tuesday, June 23th at 11:45 hrs., Jan-Geert Heuvelman, student at HKU Netherlands Carillon School, will give an exam-concert on the Eijsbouts Carillon in the Tower of Our Lady.
One of the events of the 26th Carillon Week Den Bosch was an improvisation contest on two carillons in two rounds, called the Battle of the Bells. The winner was Vincent Hensen, student of the HKU Netherlands Carillon School.
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.
Frans Haagen, Henk Verhoef, Tin Shi TamGijsbert Kok, Gerda Peters, Jan-Geert Heuvelman
During the coming summer, Gilde Amersfoort and the Netherlands Carillon School will again organise four concerts around the Belgian Monument, preceded by a ramble. During this ramble, which lasts for 45 minutes, a guide tells something of the history of the Monument, which was given to the Netherlands by Belgium after the First World War. After this, a student from the carillon school will give a concert. True to tradition, one concert will be given by pupils of the BCN, taught by Mathieu Daniël Polak.
The rambles begin at 14.00 hrs. and the concert at 14.45 hrs. After the concert, the audience may climb the tower, where the carilloneurs will give explanations and information.
Bob van der Linde, Vincent Hensen, André Kukolja, Mathieu Polak
Many people have responded to our quest, December 2014, for a volunteer. Some months ago Mieke Lanen-Vos has taken up some work at the Netherlands Carillon Center.
Mieke introduces herself...
My name is Mieke Lanen-Vos. I studied Art History in Utrecht. As an art historian I've been volunteering for some fifteen years at the library of the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, in the department Visual Art and Design. Until my retirement I was working at the faulty of Chemistry at the Utrecht University. The last years I was coordinator of the courses at the Juridical PAO in Utrecht. My work was at the Utrecht Janskerkhof, which is a beautiful location, as is the Amersfoort Grote Spui. I now help Gea van Veen and Simeon Bodden with small jobs, that would otherwise remain undone. I also play the viola in the Ad Hoc Orchestra of Utrecht. Contrary to what the name suggests, the ensemble exists 40 years now! At our last luster we not only edited a booklet with musical promenades, but also invited Arie Abbenes to play a special concert at the Dom tower. It made me delve into the profession of the carilloneur. The highlight for me came when I was asked to hand over the first edition of our booklet to louis Andriessen. Directly after that Arie played Andriessen's De Toren (The Tower). Too bad we are left without pictures, since the celebrations had to be carried out under umbrellas.
Friday 20 March was the day. At the Eijsbouts firm in Asten the E-flat bell for the Doesburg carillon was to be cast at 14 h. 30 precisely. It all started with 1500 kg red-hot bronze streaming out of the ovens into a large vessel.
T. Grootson, Secretaris Stichting Doesburgs Carillon.
From October 2014 to March 2015 the De Haze carillon of Alkmaar's Grote Kerk has been thoroughly restored. The action was completely renewed. The 'easey-system', installed some fifty years ago and always a bit of a problem, has been replaced by directed cranks. Also the automatic play has been redone. These measures have made the instrument much better to play and also improved accessibility of the parts in case of maintenance; the lantern that houses the bell is extremely small. The carillon has been extended by two bells, cast by Royal Eijsbouts of Asten, that function as high C sharp and D. The total number of bells is now 37. The work was carried out to full satisfaction by Clock-o-Matic from Holsbeek (Belgium). It was their first job in the Northern Netherlands. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CarillonsAlkmaar
In 2014 the Carillon Foundation Woerden campaigned for a new E flat bell, to be added to the Woerden carillon. Fund raising proved quick and successful, and the bell (absolute pitch a1, c. 550 kg) could be ordered, thanks to the sponsors and the people behind the grandiose Carillon Feast, that was organized at the 50th anniversary of the carillon on September 13th, 2014. The E flat bell was cast at the Royal Eijsbouts Foundry in Asten in the beginning of February; in the end of March a good many people were present at its hoisting into the tower.
Saturday May 30th there was a festive inauguration. Carillonneur Henk Verhoef played a program of classical and modern music and an improvisation, in which of course the new bell had an important part. After the concert a reception was organized for everyone involved. The new bell is the latest success of the Carillon Foundation Woerden, which in a few years time has become an important factor in Woerden's cultural life.
Editors: Bauke Reitsma en Gea van Veen
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