Dutch Carillon News No 30 (February 2017)
|DUTCH CARILLON NEWS|
This is the period in which the global carillon community forges new networks for the summer: setting up concert series, inviting guest carilloneurs, finding guest recitals. Thus you come into contact with carilloneurs who you did not yet know. And who have unsuspected qualities. So I was emailed by a bell ringer from New York. And what does a modern man do then? Search the digital highway to see if there can be found traces of the individual. And yes. Julie Zhu - she’s the one - proved to be a passionate advocate of the carillon in a television lecture on the anonymity of the bell ringer. Engaging and enthusing, she captivates her audience. Anyway, see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR2TxaMIRXU
Oh, and also read right away this somewhat shorter than normal episode of Carillon News. Lots of reading and viewing pleasure.
During the merger preparations of the municipalities Schermer, Graft-De Rijp and Alkmaar in 2014 the undersigned, the town carillonneur of Alkmaar, made the suggestion that the autonomous municipality Graft-De Rijp, as a last act with lasting physical result, could put a carillon in the tower of the Grote Kerk at De Rijp. Although the municipality was positive towards this plan they could not and did not want to make the funds available.
It then followed that seven notable residents of De Rijp took the initiative to set up Foundation Carillon De Rijp with the objective to install a carillon in the tower of the Grote Kerk. It was recently announced that the Foundation has gathered the necessary financial resources and ordered the bell founder Simon Laudy of Bell and Art Foundry Reiderland in Beerta to carry out the work. If everything goes to plan, the carillon (3½ octave based on Bes1) will hang in the tower ready for use in December 2017. After completion the carillon will be offered as a gift from the Foundation and the village community Rijper to the Municipality of Alkmaar.
The University of Groningen did not let the twentieth jubileum of university carilloneur Auke de Boer go unnoticed. The University newspaper asked the carilloneur to play a program of requests. The students reacted enthusiastically and submitted 50 requests via a website set up by the newspaper. De Boer chose fourteen numbers to play on the University carillon of 28 major-third bells on December 6th. These included Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway to Heaven’, the Pokemon-tune, a classic work like ‘Clair de lune’ from Debussy and 'Born in the USA’ by Bruce Springsteen. Of course, as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was a hot favourite the carilloneur now has a nickname ‘Auke “Freddy” de Boer’.
Editors: Mieke Lanen, Gerda Peters, Gea van Veen en Christiaan Winter
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