Congress theme

The carillon in the 21th century, from a romantic to a contemporary view.

How to
promote the carillon
present the carillon in an even more professional, innovative and modern way.

Looking for
projects for new carillon designs and bell tuning
new audience with new repertoire
required copyright management from current singers and pop groups

Research and exploring new frontiers of
carillon compositions
carillon PLUS
experimental music


Saturday, July 1

08:30 till 16:00

Registration desk open at the Palace of the Generalitat, seat of the Catalan government.

All meetings, assemblies, lectures and presentations will take place here.

09:00 – 11:00 EC-meeting I, Members of Executive Committee.
11:30 – 13:30 Congress Preludium next to the yacht club: “Carillon tastes” with every 5 minutes a short piece on mobile carillons
Passeig Joan de Borbó: in front of the OneOcean Club
Passeig Joan de Borbó: pla de Miquel Tarradell
14:00 – 16:00 CD-meeting I, Members of Committee of Delegates.
16:00 – 18:00  General Assembly I, all members of the congress.
18:00 – 19:30 Walking light dinner in open air, next to the Palace
19:30 – 20:00 Official welcome, reception and congress picture at the Palace of the Generalitat
20:00 – 20:15 Festive opening of the congress, with swinging bells.
20:30 – 22:00 Opening carillon concert at the Palace of the Generalitat at the Orange Tree Courtyard, Gothic Gallery and Central Courtyard of the Palace of the Generalitat.
CONCERT: Presentation I of 7 Carillon Associations of the WCF.

Concert at the Palace I: 7 Delegates of the 7 Carillon Associations of the WCF.

Sunday, July 2
11:00 – 16:30

Carillon concerts with mobile carillons at Plaça de Joan Fiveller (plaça d’Armes) in front of the Parliament of Catalonia (Parc de la Ciutadella)

Douai Mobile Carillon – France
“LVSITANVS” Mobile Carillon – Portugal


Carillon solo – CONCERT I with delegates of different associations

Carillon PLUS, concerts proposed by some Associations

Carillon Society of Australia: Carillon + Recorded and electronically manipulated sounds of Australian origin
“Carillon plus Australian Fauna”
  • Carillon: Thomas Laue.
  • Works by Ian Blake and Thomas Laue.
Vlaamse Beiaard Vereniging: Presentation of Carillon School Mechelen
Carillon + Oboe + Bass + Guitar + Voice
  • Carillon: Jakob De Vreese, Rachel Perfecto, Jasper Depraetere, Koen Cosaert
  • Bass: Jasper Depraetere
  • Oboe: Rachel Perfecto
  • Soprano: Dina Verheyden
  • Electric Guitar: Florian Cosaert
Russian Carillon Foundation: Carillon + Theremin.
“Spain in Russian culture”
  • Carillon: Olesya Rostovskaya, Elizaveta Ruleva, Irina Kozlova
  • Theremin: Olesya Rostovskaya.
13:00 Lunch outside, during the concerts, next to the Mobile carillons
16:30 Bus travel to the Museum of Music / Auditorium
17:00 – 18:00 Visit to the Museum of Music with a little presentation on the piano of Mompou
18:00 Little packed lunch
19:00 – 21:00

Concert: Barcelona Symphonic Band and mobile carillon “Bronzen Piano”

Barcelona Auditorium: Hall 1 Pau Casals
Program Auditorium
Conductor: Alfons Reverté
Carillon: Joey Brink, Koen Van Assche and Anna Maria Reverté
Three special comissioned pieces for carillon and band of three Catalan composers: Albert Guinovart, Jordi Nus and Oriol Cruixent

21:00 Bus travel to the old city center


Monday, July 3
10:00 – 11:00


Russian peal in carillon compositions.
The drawing together of cultures and exploring new frontiers in the 21st century.
DR THOMAS LAUE (Australia)
Soundscapes from above: Compositions for carillon PLUS using biophonic and geophonic sounds.
Creative, theoretical, and aesthetic considerations relevant to the creation of new works for carillon combined with natural soundscapes.
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break/Network meetings.
11:30 – 12:30


Carillon Connects!
A case study of re-inventing carillon art in a city where there has never been a carillon before. Experiences from the Belgian city of Neerpelt (new carillon in 2016).
Hack The Bells!
By bridging the arts, history, and new technologies, the carillon opens an unique space for interdisciplinary teaching at the university level.
12:45 – 13:05 Carillon solo – CONCERT II with association-delegate
In front of the Cathedral
13:15 – 15:00 Lunch next to the Cathedral
15:00 – 15:20 Carillon solo – CONCERT III with association-delegate
In front of the Cathedral
17:00 – 19:00 Special visit to Palau de la Música (in two groups, every hour).
20:30 – 22:00 Carillon concert at the Palace of the Generalitat at the Orange Tree Courtyard , Gothic Gallery and Central Courtyard of  the Palace of the Generalitat. .

CONCERT: Presentation II of 7 Carillon Associations of the WCF.

Tuesday, July 4
10:00 – 11:00  Lectures
DICK VAN DIJK (The Netherlands)
My voice, caught in Bronze
The second voice of the bells, with poems in inscriptions on the bells of Van Wou and the Hemony brothers.
Online platform for carillonneurs
Sharing among colleagues: arrangements, compositions, public domain and knowledge of campanology (with articles about the carillon, from historical research to a manual to install a video system in a carillon tower, to how to compose and for carillon, etc).
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break/Network meetings
11:30 – 12:30 


Reverse engineering techniques for characterizing historical bells of the Mafra carillons, Portugal
The framework developed for the assessment of the bell geometry and the diagnosis of their vibrational characteristics.
« Les Cloches de Corneville »
A Practice-based Research on Carillon Transcriptions and Arrangements of Opera’s in the Nineteenth Century based on Historical Carillon Manuscripts and Re-pinning Arrangements.
12:45 – 13:05  Carillon solo – CONCERT IV with association-delegate
In front of the Cathedral
13:15 – 15:00  Lunch next to the Cathedral
15:00 – 15:20  Carillon solo – CONCERT V with association-delegate
In front of the Cathedral
16:15 Bus travel to Sagrada Familia
17:00 Special visit to the Sagrada Familia.
18:15 Little packed lunch
19:30 Entry (with invitation) to the Sagrada Familia for the concert
Limited entry, only for congress participants and collaborators of the congress.
This concert will be repeated with some changes on July 7 (20:00) at Monastery of Avellanes, Os de Balaguer.
20:00 – 21:30 Concert: orchestra “Julià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida“ (, mobile carillon “Bronzen Piano“ and soprano
Director titular: Alfons Reverté (
Marta Mathéu: soprano (
Stefano Colletti, Geert D’hollander, Koen Van Assche and Anna Maria Reverté: carillon
22:00 Bus travel to the old city center.

Wednesday, July 5
10:00 – 13:00 CD-meeting II, Members of Committee of Delegates.
12:00 – 15:30 Bookshop next to the Cathedral
15:00 – 16:00 EC-meeting II, Members of Executive Committee.
16:00 – 16:30


The origin of the carillon:
Myths, pseudo-truths, and some new insights.
16:30 – 18:00 General Assembly II, all members of the congress.
19:00 – 20:30 Walking gala dinner, next to the Cathedral
20:30 – 22:00 Special Closing carillon concert in front of the Barcelona’s Cathedral with two mobile carillons (Douai, France – “Lusitanus” Mobile Carillon – Portugal)

Presentation of the mobile carillons: Ana Elias and Stefano Colletti

Special performance

with the Cobla Sant Jordi-Ciutat de Barcelona and mobile carillons, accompanied by historic giants (Pi, Sant Roc, Santa Maria del Mar and Sant Jaume Apòstol), bastoners (Esbart Català de Dansaires), sardana dance (Mare Nostrum) and final performance with an human tower (Castellers de Barcelona) + swinging bells and a comissioned piece from a Catalan composer working in Hollywood, Marc Timón.

Inspired on a project, premiered in Perpignan (France) with the carillonists of the two Catalan capitals, Elizabeth Vitu, Laurent Pie and Anna Maria Reverté.



Thursday, July 6
10:00 Departure by bus to Tarragona.
11:00 – 14:00 Visit of the Roman city, the Imperial Tarraco, with Roman representation by Tarraco Viva at the circus and praetorium.
14:00 Official welcome by the Tarragona City Hall at the Romantic house “Casa Canals”.
14:15 – 15:30 Lunch
16:00 – 18:00 Visit of the Tarragona Cathedral and its bell tower.
20:00 – 21:30

Concert in front of the Cathedral with mobile carillon solo and carillon and trumpet

Welcome by orchestra (“Orquestra dels Amics de la Catedral de Tarragona”, conducted by Mn. Miquel Barbarà) and organ (Jonatan Carbó)

Carillon solo – WCF Presentation: Adrian P. Gebruers, Wylie Crawford, Hylke Banning, Dennis Curry

Carillon and trumpet: Sergi Marquillas, trumpet and Anna Maria Reverté

Final bellringing with the Cathedral’s bells

21:00 Return by bus to Barcelona.

Friday, July 7
09:30 Departure by bus to Lleida’s Lands.
11:30 – 12:30 Official welcome at the Cervera Council.
Visit of Cervera and its bell tower with manual bellringing demonstration
 12:30 Bus travel to Borges Blanques
13:30 – 15:00 Lunch and official welcome
15:00 – 16:00 Visit of Borges Blanques and its bell tower and Bell ringers School, with manual bellringing demonstration
16:00 Bus travel to Lleida.
16:30 – 18:00 Visit of the Seu Vella of Lleida.
18:00 Bus travel to Os de Balaguer and monastery of Avellanes.
19:00 – 20:00 Light meal at monastery
20:00 – 21:30 Special concert at the monastery

Concert: orchestra “Julià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida“, mobile carillon “Bronzen Piano“
Director titular: Alfons Reverté
Koen Cosaert, Vegar Sandholt, Margo Halsted, Koen Van Assche and Anna Maria Reverté: carillon

21:30 Return by bus to Barcelona

Saturday, July 8
09:30 Departure by bus (and rack railway) to Montserrat.
11:00 Arrival to the Montserrat Monastery, free time to attend the mass convent, to enjoy the impressive place and natural environment or to visit the amazing museum.
12:00 Welcome by the Abbot’s Monastery.
12:15 – 12:45

Concert carillon solo (Mobile carillon of Douai, France): “Virolai”

by Anna Maria Reverté and concert by Stefano Colletti

13:00 – 13:15 Presentation of the Llibre Vermell.
13:30 – 15:30 Buffet.
15:30 Return by bus to Barcelona.

This program may still be subjected to changes.

The Pre-Congress from June 23 till June 28 in Portugal is organized by CICO and the Municipality of Constância ( and the Carillon Day in Perpignan, France, on July 9, is organized by Elizabeth Vitu and Laurent Pie (

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