On Thursday April 5, 2018, the new carillon of the University of Washington in Seattle was inaugurated. A playing cabin and steel structure supporting the bells were built on top of an about 20 meters high brick ventilation shaft of Kane Hall, one of the buildings of the university located at Red Square. It is intended that the bells are visible to anyone.
When a conference took me to Phoenix, Arizona, I wanted to make the most of my time there. And what better way to do that, than by visiting a carillon? The Arizona State University, located in Phoenix, has a carillon on campus, albeit a very unusual one. After a most cordial welcome from Judith Smits, co-chair of the Carillon Society of the ASU, I was allowed to sit down and have a go at their Symphonic Carillon.
On April, 12th 2018 the jury has decided to open an extra opportunity to apply because not all five finalists could be chosen at the first selection.
The new deadline for applications is: April, 30th 2018.
The results will be announced ultimately May, 15th 2018.
See for further information the convocation attached.
Zwolse Beiaard Stichting (Zwolle Carillon Foundation) and Beiaardkring Kampen (Carillon Circle Kampen)
A project for composers: workshop and masterclass
The goal is to stimulate composers to provide new repertoire by providing them with intimate information about the instrument and its remarkable capabilities. Composers living in the Netherlands and students of a Dutch Conservatory studying composition are warmly invited to take part in this project.
A workshop will be given on the 6th of April during the afternoon, starting at 1 pm ending around 5 pm. The specific aspects of the the carillon and the possibilities in composing for it will be discussed during the afternoon (length, solo/ ensemble, combined with electronics etc.)
Teachers: Frans Haagen and Gijsbert Kok
Location: the Dutch Carillon Centre in Amersfoort,
Address: Grote Spui 11, 3811 GA Amersfoort
Participants wishing to take part in the project will be accompanied by a carillon student during the project. He/she will subsequently perform the work composed by the participant.
At the end of June, on a date yet to be notified, a masterclass will be given by a well-known composer who has composed for carillon and is well acquainted with the instrument. The compositions made by the participants will then be discussed with them. The composer will also expound / comment on his own work.
A concert will be given in the autumn where the premièrs of the five best compositions will be performed. The five composer-participants will receive a prize of €1000,- each at the end of this event.
The compositions will be published by the Dutch Carillon Society and the Dutch Carillon Centre.
You are enrolled once the enrolment fee has been transferred to the account number: NL75 INGB 0000 166286 of Bureau NKV. Please mention “componeren voor de beiaard”, as well as your name.
Dutch Carillon Society (Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging)
NKV (Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging, Dutch Carillon Association) was founded in 1918. The 100th anniversary is a fine opportunity to promote the cultural heritage of carillon and its music with a series of nation-wide attractive events. A prominent place will be reserved for the international interpretation contest, being held on July 6th, 2018 on the Zwolle Peperbus and Kampen Nieuwe Toren carillons. This contest will be organized by Zwolse Beiaard Stichting (Zwolle Carillon Foundation) and Beiaardkring Kampen (Carillon Circle Kampen).
NKV invites carillonneurs to apply for this contest. It is a special event because the contestants will be judged according to their ability to deal with two completely different types of carillon, both in their choice of repertoire and their interpretation. See for more details the convocation.
MECHELEN - On Friday 26 January 2018 the new carillon pavilion in the Sinte-Mettetuin in Mechelen was ceremoniously inaugurated. The pavilion houses the mobile carillon of the Royal Carillon School. From now on this instrument, weighing about three tons, can be used by the students for concerts and as a practice instrument.
On Friday, 16 February, the Republic of Lithuania celebrates its 100th anniversary as an independent country. Four Dutch carillonneurs have joined forces to play Lithuanian carillon music in a relay of recitals:
DELDEN – Carillonneur, organist and conductor Willem Mesdag passed away at the age of 87 on Monday 8 January. He was born in Uithuizermeeden in the county of Groningen on 13 August 1930. The funeral service took place in the Oude Blasiuskerk in Delden on 12 January. He was buried at the Algemene Begraafplaats beside his beloved wife Geertruide Schuurman, who died in 1997.
Rien Donkersloot will succeed Gijsbert Kok as from 1 January 2018 as Basic Harmony teacher at the HKU Nederlandse Beiaardschool in Amersfoort. The newly-appointed teacher will teach both first year- and advanced students.