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A few months back while browsing Youtube, I stumbled across a video of a rather interesting Carillon player who goes by the name of Cast in Bronze, performing on a mobile Carillon named The Millennium Carillon.

 

 

I decided to take a look and see if there are any other videos of this Carillon, but what I found surprising is that their is a surprisingly large number of mobile Carillons around. And not only that but even some Carillon players who even have personal touring Carillons. Some examples i could find are Frank Steijns who's part of Andre Rieu's Orchestra, who has a modular Carillon. Another Carillon player is Koen Van Assche, who has a rather unique Carillon called the Bronzen Pianos. And Cast in Bronze, who has a Carillon mounted on a trailer.

It's hard to say how many mobile Carillons are out , but I find that whenever I search for them their is always a video of a Carillon that I haven't seen before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are two Carillons in Birmingham to my knowledge. One is the famous Bournville Carillion, the other is in the RC church of the Holy Rosary in Saltley. I was once invited to play them both - but, somehow, never got around to it!!

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An internet search returns the British Carillon Society saying there are 15 in UK http://www.britishcarillons.org/carillons-in-the-british-isles/

and Wikipedia gives 20 as follows of the 5 disrepancy, one is counted twice (Godalming / Parkgate). I've put the others in bold and followed the links for a couple and they look real. Perhaps the BCS one is out of date, some have become unusable or there's some definition criteria which makes them proper or improper. I guess they're not easily mislaid.

There are 20 carillons in the United Kingdom.

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15 or 20 Carillons feels like such a small number, but I guess considering that it is an instrument that can ring out across a whole city or town, you probably don't need so many of these instruments. Plus it's probably not the sort of instrument that has a high demand compared to the Organ.

But I am curious about the number of portable Carillons there are, and if any of the Carillon societies have an idea as to how many of these portable Carillons are out there?

I also recently came across several videos of a series of Carillon performances that have been held for various Nursing homes during the pandemic. The Carillon being used is very similar in design to the one Frank Steijns has.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Niccolo Morandi said:

15 or 20 Carillons feels like such a small number, but I guess considering that it is an instrument that can ring out across a whole city or town, you probably don't need so many of these instruments. Plus it's probably not the sort of instrument that has a high demand compared to the Organ.

By contrast there are said to be over 5,000 towers with bells hung for full circle ringing, the indigenous tradition.

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My experience of Carillons only goes so far as my being a shortwave radio listener. When it used to broadcast both on shortwave and mediumwave the foreign language services of RNW (Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Hilversum, NL) used to use a tune played on a carillon as their sign on. It can be heard here, along with the carillon in question:

RNW is no longer on the air: it closed back in 2012 but was easily one of the best English-speaking stations in Europe. I considered it better than its BBC counterpart.

Dave

 

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