The Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Victoria, Vancouver Island,BC,Canada,was a gift from British Columbia’s Dutch community to honor Canada’s one hundredth birthday in 1967.The cornerstone was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Juliana of the Netherlands on May 23,1967. Originally having 49 bells in 1967, this was increased to 62 bells in 1971.Now part of the Royal B.C.Museum complex on Belleville street, the carillon is played often, especially during festive occasions such as the annual Symphony Splash.The Museum is the large white building directly behind the tower. The small garden in the foreground is one of many which enhance the entire city (which is known as the “City of Gardens”)
A basic carillon has 23 or more bronze bells. With 62, this one is the largest in Canada. The tower stands 89 feet tall, and the largest bell weighs 1500 kilos.
Playing it means a climb of 75 steps on a spiral staircase and then a 10-step ladder.The carilloneur depresses keys and pedals of the clavier to play a song on the bells,created when the bells ring by being struck by clappers connected with wires to the clavier.

Taken June 29, 2009 with a Fuji S100FS camera.


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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    62 bells! Must be something to hear! Great shot and write up, George.

  • It sure is, especially if it’s playing a really complex piece. It’s often used as part of outdoor concerts where the bells are appropriate, and can be heard all over the inner harbour area.

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 5 years ago

    Interesting, George. Never heard of such a thing.
    Questin: how does the carilloneur practise?

  • Now that’s a real good question! To which I have no answer! There must be some way to practice, but I’ve no idea..must ask at the museum next time I’m in there. Some of the pieces I’ve heard are so complex they could be practice sessions..or!

    – George Cousins

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