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Abbey news: Peace Carillon to play every Wednesday

Luc Rombouts becomes the Peace Carillon’s dedicated carillonneur

Luc Rombouts bespeelt de Vredesbeiaard.

On Sunday, 11 November, we officially inaugurated the new Peace Carillon. The joint peace project by Leuven and Neuss drew hundreds of people to the abbey, despite the rainy weather. There’s good news for these folks: as of 14 November, you can listen to the Peace Carillon every Wednesday.

“Thanks to its five melodious towers, Leuven is part of the elite of the international carillon culture,” says Denise Vandevoort, Alderwoman for Culture. “It was quite clear right from the beginning of the crowdfunding campaign that the Peace Carillon was warmly supported by a good many people. So, now it’s important to regularly play the carillon for everyone so that it’s sounds of peace can echo even further across the land and it can fulfil its mission as an instrument of peace,” adds Vandevoort.

Luc Rombouts, coordinator and driving force behind the new carillon, can call himself the Peace Carillon’s dedicated carillonneur as from 14 November. “So, you’ll be able to hear it played every Wednesday between 5 and 6 p.m.,” states Vandevoort. “And naturally, there may also be additional performances for special occasions.”

Weekly performance

Luc Rombouts will play a suitable, varied repertoire on the instrument every Wednesday evening. Plus, the Peace Carillon will have an automatic tune that marks the time every day. This will only play from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. so that the residents’ at the abbey and in the surrounding neighbourhoods can enjoy peaceful nights as well.

A lot of requests have come in via the open call for songs of peace, which Rombouts can play on the carillon in the future. The carillonneur will also play a few of these pieces during his weekly performances. However, other requests are always welcome.

Who is Luc Rombouts?

Luc Rombouts was already the dedicated carillonneur for the University Library’s university carillon on the Mgr. Ladeuzeplein and for the Church of St John the Baptist in the Great Beguinage. Now, with the Peace Carillon in Park Abbey, he is taking on a second position in Leuven.

Moreover, as the coordinator, Rombouts was also one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Peace Carillon. He has previously proven that the carillon culture is a topic close to his heart in his various leading publications and through the coordinating role he played in the course that led to the Belgian carillon culture being recognised by UNESCO in 2014, an exemplary practice in safeguarding intangible heritage.