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.
Since the spring of this year BCN also sells digital versions of its publications - recognisable by [PDF] in front of the title - in the webshop. For the sake of clarity, here is an description of the ordering procedure:
Shortly from now all the titles of Edition Pors will be available via our website, not only in hard copy but also in PDF-format. Just keep an eye on our new letter. In anticipation of that Edition Pors made PDF’s of all their titles for Saint Nicholas and Christmas. You can order them here:
Drie kerstliederen (Three Christmas songs) / bew. Leen 't Hart Order
Zes kerstliederen (Six Christmas songs) / bew. Leen 't Hart Order
Zes adventsliederen (Six Advent songs) / bew. Leen 't Hart Order
Zeven kerstliederen (Seven Christmas songs) / bew. Leen 't Hart Order
Vijf oud-Nederlandse kerstliederen (Five Old Dutch Christmas songs) / bew. Leen 't Hart Order
Sinterklaasliedjes : 17 Sinterklaasliedjes met variaties (Saint Nicholas Songs) / bew. Leen 't Hart Order
Don't forget to order your Christmas music on time…
You can order all your Christmas music here
Carillon concerts in the winter? Must be possible. Hence our proposal for a special festive concert: “Christmas in the air.” This could be a free-standing project or could be incorporated into a Christmas market with a role for the carillon.
This musical project immerses the town in a wonderfully relaxed Christmas atmosphere. From the carillon tower, jazz singer Kim Versteynen sings some Christmas standards (with amplification from the sound holes at the top of the tower) and is accompanied by Jan Verheyen on carillon.
On August 13 I visited the Trinity Lavra Monastery in Sergiyev Posad north of Moscow to see the largest bell in Russia which is in use. It was cast in 2003 by Igor Savelev in St. Petersburg and hangs in the 289 feet high 18th century monastery belltower. It is an exact copy of the Tsar Bell cast by Mikhail Motorin in 1748 and destroyed by the soviets in 1930. It weighs 79 tons and is 14 feet 7 inches tall. The Trinity Lavra Monastery was established in 1337 by St. Sergius of Radonezh.
The carillon in the tower of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Raalte was no longer played because of municipal spending restrictions at beginning of this year. Carilloneur Henk Veldman has recently been able to let the residents hear again, on Wednesday mornings during the weekly market, what a beautiful instrument the village possesses.
The recently established foundation 'Vrienden van de Baardaard Raalte' has agreed with the municipality that the foundation will in any case pay the carilloneur for the next three years, while the municipality is responsible for maintenance, insurance and electricity consumption. The carillon, including the computer that plays one of the forty pre-programmed chimes every quarter of an hour, is owned by the municipality of Raalte.
Hemony carillon, automatic chiming system and the bells of Middelstum
A book has been published to commemorate the restoration of the clockwork mechanism and the drum of the automatic chiming system in the tower of the Hippolytus church in Middelstum. This 32-page booklet, with beautiful color photographs, was produced by the Oude Groninger Church Foundation. It is part two in the series 'Clocks and Clocks' and was written by Henk Veldman, the town carilloneur of Middelstum.
From 2018 onwards Leeuwarden revives the position of city carilloneur. The Sint Anthony Gasthuis raised funds to have the carillon of the town hall played every week of the year in which Leeuwarden is European Cultural Capital. The carillon was played weekly until 2010. At that year, unfortunately, Leeuwarden ended the position in order to cut down expenses.
“The carilloneur who changed into a bell” is a music and theatre performance, depicting the life and death of the carilloneur Sjoerd Tamminga and his rebirth in the form of a bell.
The music is by Jorrit Tamminga, composer and initiator of the project and the son of Sjoerd Tamminga, the main character of the piece. Katinka Polderman wrote the texts, that she also speaks and sings. Polderman is a well known comedian from the province of Zeeland, but these songs are in a serious mode. One of her great-uncles was a carilloneur and, like Tamminga himself, city carilloneur of Goes.