Welcome to The Carillon School
The Netherlands Carillon School was founded in 1953 in Amersfoort. Since then more than 250 students have graduated, nearly half of them from outside the Netherlands. This is because the Carillon School [NB Beiaarschool in origineel] is one of the few places in the world offering a conservatoire programme in carillon. The Netherlands Carillon School programme therefore has an international orientation.
The Netherlands Carillon School has been a part of HKU Utrechts Conservatorium since 1985. After you finish the programme, you’ll have a Bachelor of Music degree, and can use the abbreviation BMus after your name.
- a unique conservatoire programme in carillon
- internationally oriented programme
- is one of the Bachelor of Music programmes
- good job prospects
How do you know if the Carillon School is for you?You’re fascinated by the sound of the carillon. Maybe you’ve climbed the church tower and seen a carillonneur at work, and thought making music on the bells looked like fun. The other aspects besides playing, as well as its social side may also interest you: arranging and improvising, carillon construction and making contact with an audience you can’t see.
Are you already a musician? If you play a keyboard instrument like organ or piano, then carillon school can be a natural next step. But even if you’re just starting conservatoire, the carillon is also worth considering.
Carillon playing is an art of extremes. The carillonneur is high up in a tower, making music that everyone around can hear. Every time you play is automatically a concert for a large audience, and a very diverse audience, so it’s best if you like all kinds of music. Since a ‘regular’ job as a carillonneur means giving between 50 and 100 concerts a year, it’s a good idea to have a wide repertoire.