The international carillon competition ‘Maurice and Géo Clément’ will be held for the first time in the Belgian city of Tournai on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019. To celebrate that the carillon culture has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List for five years. This competition is restricted to carillonneurs under the age of 21. There are two categories. The session on Saturday is for those who do not yet use the pedals of a baton-type keyboard.
They are expected to play a compulsory work by Clément on the mobile chamber carillon "Queen Fabiola" (49 bells) and a work of their choice on the carillon of the Belfry (55 bells). On Sunday, the young carillonneurs who already use the entire baton-type keyboard will play on the tower carillon. They too must play a compulsory work by Clément plus an arrangement of a contemporary piece, for example pop or jazz music.
Géo Clément (1902-1969) was a well-known Tournai carilloneur, composer and carillon teacher. His brother Maurice also played the carillon and succeeded Géo when he founded his own carillon school in Mons (Bergen) in 1957.