|REPORT MEETINGS COMMITTEE OF DELEGATES|
COBH - During the 13th WCF World Congress held in Cobh (Ireland), hosted by the British Carillon Society, the Committee of Delegates met twice. On the agenda were the reports of the committees and the reports of the secretary and treasurer. The Committee of Delegates also took a vote on the location for the World Congress 2006.
Also a list of CD-recordings and a world-list of carillons is available. Last named list now also includes carillons in countries that are not directly represented within the WCF. A list of officially published carillon music will be added in the near future. Currently information about travelling carillons is being collected as well as information about bell museums.
The chapter 'Instrument' is still missing. It should contain a short history of the development of the carillon as an instrument, a simple technical description of the functioning of the instrument, and some pictures of towers and bells.
After the introduction of the Keyboard 2000, the new design by Richard Strauss, the Committee arranged a questionnaire via the GCNA mailing list ascertaining the demand for a world standard carillon keyboard. The results were reported in the article 'Towards a new world standard'.
In February 2002 a meeting was organized in Utrecht by the boards of the NKV and the VBV about the new keyboard design. Since there is no Keyboard 2000 installed yet in Europe, it is quite difficult to judge its qualities in an accurate way. Three cities in The Netherlands are considering the installation of the K-2000 keyboard. The choice of the keyboard depends on the budgets made available by the city governments.
The idea is now to use the home page of the WCF in future for publishing news. At the end of a year all published news items can be collected and issued in a paper bulletin, since not everyone has yet a good connection to the internet. Eventually the home page may take over the function of the WCF Bulletin as a medium for publishing news.
For the next two years the Editorial Board consists of Alfred Lesecq, Geoff Armitage, Timothy Hurd, Liesbeth Janssens, Adrian Gebruers and Wylie Crawford. Hylke Banning will co-ordinate the activities.
WORLDLIST OF CARILLONS
Since a hard copy of the list is still appreciated, the Committee of Delegates has decided that a new issue of the booklet - which is quite costly - should be published not every two, but every four years. The new version should include a list of travelling carillons. In order to keep the data on the list up to date, the WCF secretary will urge every member guild to nominate a responsible person who is expected to inform the WCF of address changes of carillonneurs.
Utrecht is well known as a centre for the carillon art with an instrument in the Nicolaļ Church and a large historic carillon in the Dom Tower. This tower also houses a peal of 14 bells. About 30 more swinging bells can be found in towers in the immediate vicinity. In the past, the local organisation has organized many special concerts during which the carillon is played in combination with other instruments. Utrecht, situated in the centre of The Netherlands, would be a good starting point for day trips including a visit to the two Dutch bell founders.
The first carillon in Gdansk dates from the 16th century. It was the first city outside the Low Countries to own a carillon. Unfortunately, both historic carillons of Gdansk were lost during the war. Recently, two new instruments were installed. The congress organization proposes to pay attention to the the relation between the Low Countries and the Baltic states, and the archives of Gdansk (history of bells). A bell founders' forum, a composers' forum and boat trips can be included in the programme too.
By secret ballot, the Committee of Delegates chose Gdansk as the city where the Polish Guild is going to organize the WCF World Congress 2006.
COMPOSITION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The date for the next meeting of the Executive Committee is set for Friday, June 27, 2003 in Oslo. The Committee of Delegates will also meet in Oslo, one year later, in the evening of Saturday, June 26, 2004.