|INTERNATIONAL CARILLON CONTEST MIDDELBURG|
MIDDELBURG - On Saturday 5 July 2008 the Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging organizes in cooperation with and on the initiative of the Roosevelt Academy in Middelburg an International Carillon Competition on the carillon of the Abdijtower in Middelburg. The carillon is installed in the top of a high, fairly open tower and has a standard North-European keyboard.
The instrument is tuned in equal temperament and consists of 49 bells, that is four octaves without c#1 but with b-flat0 and e-flat1 in the pedal. The carillon tranposes a minor third down. One bell was cast in 1715 by the founders Noorden & De Grave and 23 were made by Van Bergen in 1950. Royal Bell-foundry Eijsbouts in Asten added 25 bells in 1984.
Category B (still without a diploma on 1 January 2008) is performing in the morning. For this category the compulsary pieces are excerpts of Suite no. 1 for harpsichord of Pierre Bustijn (1649-1729) in an arrangement of Geert D'hollander . Every candidate has to play at least one freely chosen original composition. More works are allowed, on the condition that the maximum playing time of 20 minutes is not exceeded!
Category A (with diploma) is performing in the afternoon, starting at 15.30 hours. For this category the compulsary work is Impromptu op. 27 nr. 7 of Gerard von Brucken Fock (1859-1936) as arranged by Geert D'hollander . Every candidate has to play at least one freely chosen original carillon composition and can pick other works as desired. It is however not allowed to exceed the maximum playing time of 20 minutes!
OTHER CONTEST REGULATIONS
Only six candidates for category B and eight for category A will be admitted to the contest. In case of too many candidates, the organization will select the candidates based on the level of technical difficulty of the pieces to be played by a candidate.
Participants have the opportunity to try out the carillon beforehand (maximum playing time 30 minutes per participant). Please contact either: Geert D'hollander, e-mail , phone +32 486 31 63 49 or Henk G. van Putten, e-mail , phone +31 186 69 22 84.
CARILLON SUMMER SCHOOL IN MIDDELBURG
A team of internationally recognized specialists including Bernard Winsemius, Kees van Eersel, Gideon Bodden and Geert D'hollander will instruct the participants. Concerts - including organ concerts and fortepiano concerts - will be part of the program as well. The main subject of the summer course is Carillon Culture of the 17th and 18th Centuries.