On Monday, July 2, in the Michaels Chapel in the Utrecht Dom Tower, a collection of carillon music by Jacob van Eyck for carillonneurs and campanologists was presented. That portentous event was preceded by this year’s first summer evening concert organised by the ninety-year-old Utrecht Bell Ringing Association (UKV).
The centenary of the Dutch Carillon Association (Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging founded in 1918), provided an ideal opportunity to organise an International Carillon Contest played on the carillon of the Peperbus in Zwolle and de Nieuwe Toren in Kampen.
Children of groups 5 and 6 of elementary schools from Bunschoten and Spakenburg visited the Beiaardschool in Amersfoort in May and June this year. Their visit was arranged as part of the cultural program called “het Carillon project” organised by Kunst Centraal.
As part of the centenary of the Dutch Carillon Association (Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging founded in 1918), composer and lecturer Peter-Jan Wagemans held a masterclass in the Carillon School on the 29th of June.
This year, two students of the HKU Netherlands Carillon School hope to graduate and obtain the first part of their Master Carillon degree. The exams take place on Tuesday, June 19th, are open to the public and can be listened to by everyone. A terrace of one of the pubs on the Onze-Lieve-Vrouweplein right under the tower is an excellent place to enjoy the music.
You are cordially invited to the presentation of Jacob van Eyck’s Der Fluyten Lust-hof arranged for carillon by Arie Abbenes taking place on July 2nd. Jacob van Eyck became the carillon player of the Dom Tower in Utrecht in 1625. He also entertained passersby by playing on his recorder from the Janskerkhof. His music for recorder was published in the Lust-hof; it is not known if he wrote music for the carillon. What would he have played on the carillons of the Dom Tower, de Janskerk, de Jacobikerk and town hall?
The Royal Palace - in the heart of Amsterdam for 370 years and until 1808 the city hall of Amsterdam - was designed by architect Jacob van Campen as a building that reflected the great power and wealth of Amsterdam in the seventeenth century.
The Dutch Carillon Association (NKV) was founded on June 20th, 1918. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Dutch carillon music from within this period will be played on many carillons during the week of June 18th-24th. Thus original compositions for carillon will be featured that have been written since 1918.
The Historical Reading room of the Peace Palace Library in The Hague was host to the book launch of “François en Pieter Hemony, Stadsklokken- en geschut gieters in de Gouden Eeuw” by Drs. Heleen van der Weel on the 31st of May 2018. Van der Weel studied history, was employed as the city carillonneur of The Hague for many years and still regularly plays the carillon at the Peace Palace.
In the Peace Palace in The Hague the website ‘War Memorial and Peace Carillons’ (WMPC) was launched on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The mayor of The Hague, the president of the International Court of Justice, and representatives of embassies were among the approximately 70 attendees. The website currently presents information about more than 30 carillons, including the 'Peace Tower' of the National Parliament in Ottawa, the 'National War Memorial' in Wellington (New-Zealand), the city hall of Cape Town, and the universities of Toronto, Sydney and Leuven.