|WCF WORLD CONGRESS 2008 IN GRONINGEN|
GRONINGEN - The city of Groningen is host for the 16th WCF World Congress. The congress starts on Sunday July 13, 2008 and ends on Thursday July 17, 2008. The preparations for the congress have reached the point where the main lines are final and ready for publishing. With the congress theme Theme and Variations in mind a very attractive and diversified programme has been developed by the Stichting Carillon Congres Groningen 2008 in cooperation with the board of the Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging.
Some of the proposed lectures are: Thiemo Wind | Jacob van Eyck, Frank Deleu | Manuscript paper Hendrick Claes (ca. 1630), Carl Van Eyndhoven | 'A la recherche du temps perdu' - A Reconstruction of Improvisation Practice by 18c. Carillonneurs, Linda Pointer | Carillon Education in the USA, Ana, Sara, Albert Elias | Guidelines for advisors of carillon projects, Tin-Shi Tam | Music for carillon and orchestra, Bert Schoofs | Two new designs of major third bells, Koen Van Assche | Carillon playing: the impact of the use of different playing techniques, Geoff Armitage | British bell-founders and modern bell-tuning.
The location for most of the meetings and lectures is the Academy Building of the State University of Groningen. The adjacent tower of the university houses a small 25-bell carillon with bells in major-third tuning.
Monday, July 14 - Lectures | Excursion to Middelstum: Hemony carillon, lecture about Jacob van Eyck, organ demonstration | Uithuizen: Church with Schnitger-organ | Menkemaborg with concert on travelling carillon | Groningen: Spectacular concert with travelling carillon.
Tuesday, July 15 - Lectures | Excursion to Winschoten: lectures, concert for carillon and electronics with world premiere of compositions of Jacob ter Veldhuis and Ad Wammes | Veendam: New Petit & Fritsen-carillon, lecture and concert with compositions of Wim Franken | Groningen: Music Shop | Organ recital | Open air bell-founding event with music from the Middle Ages.
Wednesday July 16 - Guild concerts | Excursion to Heiligerlee: Guided tour and lecture about the Van Bergen bell-founders in the Bell-foundry Museum | Appingedam: Concert on Taylor-carillon, organ recital, lecture | Groningen: Music Shop | Congress Banquet.
Thursday July 17 - Introduction on carillon education and carillon construction | Lectures | Congress photograph | General Assembly | Presentation of three new compositions (sheet music for free) with discussion of interpretations | Congress Concert Martini-tower: Carillon four hands with ringing bells (with world premiere) | Congress Concert: Travelling carillon and fusion band.
STICHTING CARILLON CONGRES
THE CITY OF GRONINGEN
In the 13th century, when Groningen was an important trade center, a city wall was built. In 1614 the University of Groningen was founded. In the same period the city expanded rapidly and a new city wall was built. That same wall would later, in 1672, be fiercely attacked by the bishop of Münster, but the wall resisted and Groningen kept its freedom.
The city did not escape the devastation of the Second World War. Especially the main square, Grote Markt, was largely destroyed in April 1945, at the end of the war. However, the Martini Tower and its church, the 'Goudkantoor' (Gold Office) and the City Hall were not damaged.
The most important and most famous museum in Groningen is the 'Groninger Museum'. The city also has its own science museum, a comics museum, a tobacco museum, its own City Theatre (Stadsschouwburg), a big theatre and two major concert venues.