Recently the carillon of the Breda Grote Kerk has been given a new playing cabine and an extension of some small bells. To celebrate this, Paul Maassen, in cooperation with ‘Torenspektakel’, the Friends of the Chassétheater, De Nieuwe Veste and the Netherlands Carillon Centre, organized an international improvisation contest. Next to the Dutch competitors – Jan-Geert Heuvelman, Rien Donkersloot, Bob van der Linde, Wim Ruessink and Vincent Hensen – there was the Belgian Jakob de Vreese and the American Rachel Perfecto. During two rounds the candidates could choose themes by the members of the jury: Daan Manneke, Carl van Eyndhoven and Gijsbert Kok. The fourth theme was taken from the oeuvre of the late Jacques Maassen, the former carillonneur of Breda. The first prize was awarded to Rien Donkersloot (alumnus of the Netherlands Carillon School of HKU, carillonneur of Haarlem, Goes and Ridderkerk) , the second prize to Bob van der Linde (student of the Netherlands Carillon School of HKU). The fine weather, te excellent organization, the high level of the candidates and, last but not least, the good atmosphere during and after the contest, made for a successful event.
Editors of Dutch Carillon News
Photo: the jury at work in the garden of the Breda Lutheran Church. From left to right: Carl van Eyndhoven, Daan Manneke and Gijsbert Kok.