LEEUWARDEN – In 2018, Leeuwarden is the European Capital of Culture. Within this framework, many cultural activities are being organised in the Friesian capital and the surrounding area. The carillon in the dome of the City Hall of Leeuwarden is however no longer regularly played because of budget cuts since 2010.
In order to make this historic instrument sound again in 2018, the management board of the Sint Anthony Gasthuis is looking for a carillonneur. The assignment will be to play the 39 bells in mid-tone tuning. Thirty-one of these were cast by Claude Fremy in 1686.
The tasks for the carillonneur in 2018 will be:
- to play the carillon weekly on Friday (market day in Leeuwarden) for one hour (time to be determined);
- to provide extra recitals on eight special days;
- if possible, to coordinate with HKU Netherlands Carillon School on the involvement of carillon students in the recitals.
The carillonneur must be qualified in accordance with the NKV's standard provisions. Remuneration will be in accordance with these provisions although no permanent employment will be entered into. The carillon will be made available in a technically good condition and any necessary maintenance will be arranged as required.
Candidates will then be short-listed by the management board, in consultation with the municipality of Leeuwarden. They will be invited to an audition that will be assessed by a committee of experts. Based on the advice of the committee, a carillonneur will be chosen in consultation with the municipality.