Dutch International Tangoweek


Playing a carillon has something paradoxical. Lonely and often at high altitudes, a carillonneur plays the carillon full of passion. Without a visible audience, but the sound can be heard throughout the city; everyone hears the recognizable tones coming from the tower. But have you ever heard tango music from the tower? In Amersfoort the carillonneur accepts this challenge!

Meet and greet' the carillonneur and the carillon

Visitors of the Dutch Tangoweek get the opportunity to book a unique excursion. On Saturday 8 June 2019, the Amersfoort Guild, in cooperation with the Nederlandse Beiaardschool (Dutch Carillon School), will organise a single tower climb, during which the climbers will be given an explanation of how the two carillons in the OLV tower in Amersfoort work. After the instruction there will be a demonstration where the visitors can see the carillonneur playing. Especially for this occasion, tango music will of course be played, something that the carillonneur does not normally have in his repertoire.

An explanation will also be given in the attic. This is the place where the gigantic playing drum is located that allows the people of Amersfoort to enjoy a short tune on one of the carillons every 15 minutes. And because we are almost upstairs we also climb to the top of the tower. An experienced guide tells us what we can see in the far horizon.

Do you want to be there? In our webshop a limited number of maps are available for this. Be quick, because only 18 people can participate in this special tower climb. We will meet at the OLV tower in Amersfoort on 8 June at 15.30 hours.