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May 6, 2010

Cape Town's Carillon in André Rieu's Next Concert

Cape Town's Carillon in Andre's Next Concert

May 3, 2010 Cape Town, from "Die Burger" by Marelize Potgieter.

The Historic Bells in the Town Hall of Cape Town will probably play a part in André's open air concert on the Parade next year.

The world famous carillon player Frank Steijns, who is a member of Rieu's orchestra, discovered the bells last Sunday. He, Rieu and a camera crew, went to the Parade to make plans for the concert of March 26, 2011.

During that visit Steijns went up into the Clock Tower to play the song "African Dream", which is part of the concert program. He played so enthusiastically, that one of the ropes broke.

Steijns received international fame as a carillon player when he played the bells in the church tower during the first Vrijthof concert in Maastricht. He performed "Concerto d'Aranjuez", which is a classical guitar piece.

According to Mr. Cronjé, spokesperson for the city council, the two musicians were very impressed with the quality of the bells and they believe they can compete with the best in Europe.

The carillon was purchased in the 1920's, has 39 bells with an approximate weight of 18 tons. Every bell is engraved with the name of battlefields of soldiers who died in the first World War.
Thanks to Els Kruger for sending this to us and the Translation ©by Ineke/John Translated from Afrikaan,

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