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.
14:00 – 16:00 CD-meeting I, Members of Committee of Delegates.
16:00 – 18:00  General Assembly I, all members of the congress.
Welcome address by the Government of Catalonia and congress picture at the Palace of the Generalitat.
20:00 – 20:15 Festive opening with the swinging bells of the Gothic Quartier.
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 at the Palace I: 7 Delegates of the 7 Carillon Associations of the WCF.

Sunday, July 2
Morning Official welcome at the Barcelona City Hall
11:00 – 16:00

Carillon concerts with mobile carillons at several special places

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


Carillon solo by the Delegates of each Association

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: Carillon with several other instruments
  • Mechelen Carillon School Band: The performers will be announced later.
Russian Carillon Foundation: Carillon + Theremin.
“Spain in Russian culture”
  • Carillon: The performer will be announced later.
  • Theremin: Olesya Rostovskaya.
In the evening Bus travel to the Barcelona Auditorium. Visit to the Museu de la Música de Barcelona with a little concert on the pianos of Albéniz and Mompou
19:00 – 20:30

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 to three Catalan composers: Albert Guinovart, Jordi Nus and Oriol Cruixent


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.
14:30 – 16:30 Bookshop at Hotel Colón.
From 17:00 Special visit to Palau de la Música.
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 at the Palace II: 7 Delegates of the 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.
16:00    Bus travel to the Sagrada Família, Special visit.

Special surprise carillon concert.

Wednesday, July 5
10:00 – 13:00 CD-meeting II, Members of Committee of Delegates.
13:00 – 16:00 Bookshop at Hotel Colón.
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.
20:00 – 21:30

Special Closing carillon concert in front of the Barcelona’s Cathedral

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 to a Catalan composer working in Hollywood, Marc Timón.

Inspired in a first project done in Perpignan project and 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 and reception by the major of the Tarragona City Hall at the Romantic house “Casa Canals”.
16:00 – 17:00 Visit of the Tarragona Cathedral and its bell tower.
 17:00 – 18:00

Little concert in the cloister with the Cathedral’s Orchestra and Choir and swinging bells

Little concert inside with organ – soprano – “Cant de la

19:30 – 21:00

Concert in front of the Cathedral with mobile carillon and soprano

Soprano: Marta Mathéu.

Final bellringing with the Cathedral’s bells

21.30 Return by bus to Barcelona.

Friday, July 7
09:00 Departure by bus to Lleida’s Lands.
11:00 Official welcome at the Cervera Council.
Visit of Cervera’s bell tower with manual bellringing demonstration.
13:00 Official welcome at the Borges Blanques church and visit of the church and bell tower.

Manual bellringing demonstration with the bells of the Bell ringers School.

17:00 Visit of the Seu Vella of Lleida.
18:30 Official welcome  at the Os de Balaguer Castle,
seat of the Confraria de Campaners i Carillonistes de Catalunya
Free visit of the Bell Museum of Os de Balaguer.

Special carillon concert

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.
Presentation of the Llibre Vermell.
12:50 Big peal bells.
The postcongress ends after the lunch.
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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