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Festival

We have a great honour to invite you to the 21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival. A very special Festival, because Gdańsk is the only city in Poland that has carillons – and three of them! You will have an opportunity to hear them all during 21 Festival concerts. All concerts are exceptional.

 

See you there!

each Friday at 9 pm

concerts on the tower of St Catherine’s Church.

concert will conclude with the Jan Hevelius Fountain show

(around 9:45 pm)

each Saturday at 12:05 pm

concerts on the tower of the Main Town Hall

each Friday at 9 pm

concerts on the tower of St Catherine’s Church.

concert will conclude with the Jan Hevelius Fountain show

(around 9:45 pm)

each Saturday at 12:05 pm

concerts on the tower of the Main Town Hall

każda sobota o godz. 12:05

koncerty na wieży Ratusza Głównego Miasta

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Program

the inaugural concert

next to the Jan Hevelius Fountain:

Artists: Monika Kaźmierczak – mobile carillon „Gdańsk”, Hornet Ensemble including: Hornet Quartet (French horns) – Gabriel Czopka, Piotr Kowalski, Łukasz Łacny, Michał Szczerba; trumpets – Tomasz Gluska, Paweł Hulisz, Piotr Kowalkowski, Emil Miszk; Paweł Szewczyk – kettledrums.

Water Music

Monika Kaźmierczak (Gdańsk)

Vivat Gdańsk! – Concert  of Gdańsk Music

Anna Kasprzycka (Gdańsk)

Carillon is a Woman – Pieces for Carillon by Women Composers

Anna Kasprzycka (Gdańsk)

Cicer cum caule

Wojciech Lauer (Gdańsk)

Gdańsk Romanticism – Friedrich Wilhelm Markull

Wojciech Lauer (Gdańsk)

Polish Patriotic Tones

Giedrius Kuprevicius (carillon / Lithuania)

Ieva Goleckytė-Jarašė

(sopran / Lithuania)

Jurgis Jarašius (tenor / Lithuania)

Lithuania Welcomes Poland! Polish and Lithuanian Music

Giedrius Kuprevicius (Lithuania)

Heavenly Bells

Music from Gdańsk Towers

Monika Kaźmierczak – carillon

Tubicinatores Gedanenses:

Wojciech Brzozowski, Paweł Hulisz, Piotr Kowalkowski, Emil Miszk – historical trumpets, Paweł Szewczyk – kettledrums.

The concert accompanied by the promotion of the group’s new album „Turmmusik”

St. Dominic’s Fair opening ceremony

Roy Kroezen (USA, the Netherlands)

Polish and American Romantic Music

Roy Kroezen (USA, the Netherlands)

Between Poland and Spain

Frans Haagen (the Netherlands)

Moods

Frans Haagen (the Netherlands)

Confrontations

special concert honouring the 15th anniversary of the GIWK.

the Jan Hevelius Square

Milonga and workshops

Milonga with live music preceded with workshops Artists: Monika Kaźmierczak – mobile carillon „Gdańsk”, Hornet Ensemble including

Joachim Łuczak – violin

Maciej Sadowski – double bass

Dawid Głowacki – clarinet

Paweł Zagańczyk – accordion

Workshops led by Katarzyna Press and Irek Michalewicz

Dancers/Assistants: Beata and Piotr Loch, Danuta and Michał Zalewski

6 pm-10 pm

Frank Steijns (the Netherlands)

Dancing Bells

Frank Steijns (the Netherlands)

Classic Carillon

Stefano Colletti (France)

Italian Baroque and French Impressions

Stefano Colletti (France)

Little European Tour: the Music of Italian, German and French Baroque

the closing concert

Artists: Tomasz Chyła – violin, Sławek Koryzno – percussion, Szymon Burnos – Moog, FX, programming, Monika Kaźmierczak – carillon), visualisations on St Catherine’s Tower: Robert Turło, Pracownia Animacji ASP w Gdańsku

Monika Kaźmierczak (Gdańsk)

W przededniu ważnej rocznicy

The Friday concerts will end with the Hevelius Fountain show synchronised with electronics and carillon live.

 

Carillons

We have three carillons and the music tradition of playing on tower bells in our city dates back to 1561, when the first carillon on the tower of the Main Town Hall was constructed. In 1738, another carillon joined, on the tower of St Catherine’s Church. Unfortunately, none of them survived the World War II.

 

Today, Gdańsk has three working carillons:

  • 50-bell carillon on the tower of St Catherine’s Church (cast in 1989/1998/2006)
  • 37-bell carillon on the tower of the Main Town Hall (cast in 2000)
  • and 48-bell mobile carillon „Gdańsk” constructed in 2008.

All three were created in the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry in Asten, Netherlands.

In Gdańsk, carillon concerts can be heard throughout the year:

  • every Friday at 2:45 pm on the tower of St Catherine’s Church.
  • every Saturday at 12:05 pm on the tower of the Main Town Hall.

You can download carillon ringtones here:

carillon ringtone - 1

J. S. Bach – „Jesus bleibet meine Freude”

carillon ringtone - 3

Kashubian hymn

carillon ringtone - 4

W. A. Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik

The Fountain & carillon

In 2016, a composers competition „For Whom the Bell Tolls” was organised for composing a piece for St Catherine’s Church carillon and electronics synchronized with a 12-minute special programme of the Jan Hevelius Fountain.

The first prize was awarded to Kamil Cieślik and his „Jan Hevelius Fountain Stories”. The second prize went to Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz for Nihil constat. The third prize went ex aequo to Beniamin Baczewski’s „Liquid Matter” and Jakub Nikiel’s „The Echo of Gdańsk”.

This season you will have an opportunity to hear three compositions synchronized with the Jan Hevelius Fountain:

  • in May and June, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:45 pm Kamil Cieślik’s „Jan Hevelius Fountain Stories” will be performed (in automatic mode)
  • on 29 June, during the inaugural concert of the 21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival, new compositions will be performed for the first time:  Beniamin Baczewski’s „Liquid Matter” and Jakub Nikiel’s „The Echo of Gdańsk”. Monika Kaźmierczak will play carillon

The programme of the Jan Helvelius Fountain shows on July and August weekends will include:

  • Fridays at 9:45 pm – „Jan Hevelius Fountain Stories” by Kamil Cieślik will be performed live during the 21st Gdańsk Carillon Festival concerts
  • Saturdays at 9:45 pm – „The Echo of Gdańsk” by Jakub Nikiel in the automatic mode
  • Sundays at 9:45 pm – „Liquid Matter” by Beniamin Baczewski in the automatic mode

In September the time of the shows will change:

  • Fridays at 8:45 pm – „Jan Hevelius Fountain Stories” by Kamil Cieślik in the automatic mode
  • Saturdays at 8:45 pm – „The Echo of Gdańsk” by Jakub Nikiel in the automatic mode
  • Sundays at 8:45 pm – „Liquid Matter” by Beniamin Baczewski in the automatic mode

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Venues:

  •  St Catherine’s Church

  • The Main Town Hall:

  • The square next to the Jan Hevelius Fountain

For listening to concerts on St Cathertine’s Church, you are invited to use the quiet Carmelite friars’ garden near the Church. A small screen will be placed there for observing artists playing on the tower, except for the opening, special and closing concerts, when the screen will be placed on the Jan Hevelius Square.

 During concerts on the tower of the Main Town Hall, we encourage you to take a walk around the Main Town and find you own favourite spot for listening.

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