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.
Gijsbert Kok announced his retirement as Harmony teacher at the HKU Nederlandse Beiaardschool on 1 September 2017. He had already stopped teaching majors before. Gijsbert joined the HKU Nederlandse Beiaardschool in January 2011. Since then, he has taught the tricks of the trade to many Dutch and foreign students. He also was a member of several examining boards.
This icon on Facebook reminds me of events and appointments. And although profile and the weight of the clapper may not completely correspond to reality, it is quite clear to everyone which object is being pictured here.
Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar boasts an impressive installation of two broken bronze clocks: 'Forever Mi and Forever Do', composed in one large room by Latifa Echakhch.
The sheet music from Edition Pors is now also digitally available in PDF documents. You can simply order on our web shop. After payment, the PDF document which you ordered will be available to download. You will find a link in the confirmation e-mail or straight under your account.
New in the web shop
New in our web shop is Jan van Dijk’s oeuvre. The volume is available in print and digital formats as well. Separate pieces are only available in PDF format. Click here to order or get more information.
New in our webshop: the Hoornse Carillon Books. Available in both printed and digital (pdf) editions.
Hoorns beiaardboek 1: Hoorns VOC beiaardboek (papieren versie) € 17,50 order here
[PDF] Hoorns beiaardboek 1: Hoorns VOC beiaardboek (digitale versie) € 13,15 order here
Hoorns beiaardboek 2: Gerard H. Boedijn (papieren versie) € 17,50 order here
[PDF] Hoorns beiaardboek 2: Gerard H. Boedijn (digitale versie) € 13,15 order here
As of 1 January 2018 Bob van der Linde is the new city carillonneur of Arnhem. Four of the twelve applicants were invited by the Eusebius Arnhem Foundation for an audition that took place on Wednesday, November 15th. This was judged by a jury consisting of Frank Deleu, former city carillonneur of Brugge, Thom Koldenhof, former dicrector of Artez (conservatorium Arnhem) and Gert Oldenbeuving, former city carillonneur of Nijmegen and Zutphen. Bob’s musical qualities were very convincing and also because of his ambitions as carillonneur the jury decided to nominate him.
On Saturday 25 November 2017 at 2 pm, not only will a new baton keyboard be put to use, but also the five new bells in the Carillon Tower in Edam will also sound officially for the first time. The carillon of Edam previously consisted of 37 bells, 4 by Peter I van den Gheyn (cast in1561) and 33 by Petit & Fritsen (cast in 1970).
It has never been otherwise: in times of war bells were requisitioned and turned into armaments. Besides, bell bronze is suitable for casting cannons.
During the Second World War, in the years 1942/43, some 6700 swinging and carillon bells were removed from the Dutch towers and taken away by the German occupiers. Approximately 4,800 of them were actually melted down. <Twenty two carillons disappeared without trace.> Everyone knows stories from their surrounding neighbourhood.