NIVELLES : BELGIUM

*Location:

   Collégiale Ste-Gertrude
     (St.-Geertruikerk)
   Grand Place
   Nivelles (Nijvel),
     Brabant wallon, Belgium
   LL: N 50.59734, E 4.32302
Site locator map
City locator maps and gazetteer page

*Carillonist:

   Robert Ferriere
   T: 067/21.57.73
   E: ferriere.jeanson/@/skynet DOTbe
   - and -
   Frederic Dupont
   T: 071/84.08.53
   E: fredericdupontbe@gmail.com

*Contact:

   (unknown)

*Schedule:

   Weekly for Saturday market; also
   Sunday noon from Easter to mid-October.

*Remarks:

   1925 instrument had 3 bells by
   S. van Aerschodt, 1862; one remains.
   Part of 1980 expansion cast by
   Eijsbouts under Sergeys' name.
   Paccard recastings are undated.
   24 VanAerschodt bells removed from the
   carillon are now on display in the
   cloister.  There may once have been an
   older carillon here.

*Technical data:

   Traditional carillon of 47 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is A# in the bass octave
   Transposition is down 2 semitone(s)
   Keyboard range:     C C   /    C G   
   There are two missing bass semitones
   The presence or absence of a practice console is unknown
   11 bells were recast or replaced in unknown year
     by Paccard     
   Prior history:
     In 1980, the instrument was enlarged to 47 bells
       with bells made by Sergeys     
       (30 bells remain from that work.)
     In 1925, the instrument was begun with 43 bells
       with bells made by vanAerschodt
       (6 bells remain from that work.)
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2021
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

Illustrated article from the Association Campanaire Wallonie (ACW) about this carillon, with audio clips

The French Wikipedia article about the building has current and historical photos of it, but does not mention any bells beside the small one associated with the jacquemart on the south turret of the facade.

First page of a profusely-illustrated 5-page article about the carillon (in French).

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the vanAerschodt bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.
Where the second phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Sergeys bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Paccard bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.

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

Index to all traditional carillons in BE.

Index to all tower bell instruments in BE/Brabant wallon.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on 25-Jul-22
   based on textual data last updated on 2022/07/19
   and on technical data last updated on 2022/07/19
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