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.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging (Dutch Carillon Association) a workshop ‘Composing for carillon’ was organized in the Dutch Carillon School in Amersfoort on the afternoon of Friday, April 6. The aim of this workshop was to introduce composers and students to the possibilities that the carillon offers and to generate new repertoire.
On Tuesday, the 19th of June, final examinations (Master degree) and qualifying examinations will be held at the Tower of Our Lady in Amersfoort. Details will follow soon on our website and in the Dutch Carillon Newsletter.
From May 25, 2018, every association and foundation in the European Union must comply with the privacy rules that originate from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new law expects that associations and foundations investigate for themselves if sufficient measures have been taken to protect personal data that is maintained. We will keep you informed about this process via our website and newsletter. We can already let you know that the security of our website is up to standard and will prevent the loss or misuse of data.
Netherlands Carillon Centre
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.