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Bellmoods - travelling carillon at the Grand Parade Library

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Dutch carillonneur, Boudewijn Zwart, giving a recital on his travelling carillon. 

The Rory Gallagher Music Library hosted a very unusual event in Grand Parade Library on Tuesday 20th November 2007.  The Dutch carillonneur, Boudewijn Zwart, performed four fascinating recitals on his travelling carillon.  The instrument which consists of fifty bronze bells, weighing 2,800 kilos, is the first of its kind that can be used inside buildings, as it can be decomposed and reconstructed in three parts.

Dressed as the distant grand-nephew of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Boudewijn took more than 400 school children on a musical tour with funny music, bronze church bells and amazing games. Students, teachers, parents and grandparents performed a real bell symphony.

Bellmoods-travelling carillon

Boudewijn Zwart (as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) entralls the large audience

Boudewijn’s visit to Ireland was organised by Adrian Gebruers, Ireland’s only carillonneur, based at St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh. Boudewijn comes from a well-known family of Dutch organists. He studied the carillon at The Netherlands Carillon Institute School at Amersfoort, and took his degree in piano at The Sweenlinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. His international recital schedule and recordings for radio, film and television have helped promote the carillon as a musical instrument in its own right.

The carillon as a form of expression has been interwoven with the lives of people ever since the Middle Ages. In ancient days our belfries were established as the symbol and voice of our cities – the outward and visible sign of free government – the symbol of our cherished rights and civil liberties. The first tuned carillon was built in The Netherlands in 1652 and the carillon tradition has evolved in the lowlands of Holland, Belgium and Northern France, for more than four centuries the carillon has been a voice for the hopes, aspirations and joys of humankind.

Boudewijn gave a virtuoso musical performance, but, also showed an astonishing sensitivity to his young and varied audience in his ability to engage, entertain and harness the unique power of music as a universal language.


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