NIJKERK : NETHERLANDS

*Location:

   St.Catharinatoren
   Ned.Herv.Kerk
   Torenstraat at Holkerstraat
   Nijkerk, Gelderland, Netherlands
   LL: N 52.22286, E 5.48296
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*Carillonist:

   Freek Bakker
   E: freek.bakker/@/chello DOTnl

*Contact:

   Hervormde Gemeente Nijkerk
   Gasthuisstraat 10
   3861 BS  Nijkerk
   T: 033-2451955
   E: maildedominee/@/hervormdnijkerk DOTnl

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Includes 3 swinging basses by A. &
   H.Petit (1775); most by A.J. v.d.Gheyn
   (1776-7).  One vdG bell removed in 1961
   is now in Schoonhoven.  Five basses
   in belfry below the clock & drum;
   other bells in open lantern.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 51 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C# in the middle octave
   Transposition is up  3 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     A#D   /    A#G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The instrument was enlarged in 1995
     with  2 bells made by Eijsbouts   
   Prior history:
     In 1995, the instrument was enlarged to 49 bells
       by Eijsbouts   
       (1 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1986, the instrument was enlarged to 48 bells
       by Eijsbouts   
       (1 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1972,  1 bells were recast or replaced
       with bells made by Eijsbouts   
       (1 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1961, the instrument was enlarged to 47 bells
       by Eijsbouts   
     In 1927,  1 bells were recast or replaced
       with bells made by Taylor      
       (1 bells were added in and/or remain from that work.)
     In 1777, the instrument was begun with 37 bells
       by vandenGheyn 
       (29 bells remain from that work.)
   Auxiliary mechanisms: M35   
   Tower details: 
     Height of console:                 39 meters above ground
     Height of lowest level of bells:   31 meters above ground
     Height of highest level of bells:  46 meters above ground
     Belfry openness:   *%
   Year of latest technical information source is 2012
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

The Website of the Nijkerk carillon society (in Dutch) is extensive, with numerous photos and videos.  It includes an excellent table of descriptions of all the bells.

The Dutch Wikipedia article on the city has a photo of the building.
The Dutch Wikipedia article on the building has a different photo of the building, plus an extensive description of the tower, swinging bells and carillon.

The church Website (in Dutch) has contact information.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanden Gheyn bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Taylor bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the third phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fourth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the fifth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the sixth phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by pitch (weight).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Netherlands traditional carillons by year of completion.

Index to all traditional carillons in Netherlands.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL:Gelderland.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 20-Dec-12
   based on textual data last updated on 2012/12/18
   and on technical data last updated on 2012/12/18
*Photos:

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