Carillon is a specific open-air musical instrument consisting of a set of chromatically tuned bells and originating in the Netherlands. The first carillon was created by brothers Pieter and Francois Hemony in 1652.
This rare instrument is taught during summer courses at specialized schools in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, and the U.S. Currently, there are only about 600 carillons all over the world, over 200 of them – in the Netherlands, the instrument’s homeland.
Kaunas Carillion, a monument of culture and technology consisting of 35 interconnected bells, is a unique device designed for bell music concerts for the city’s residents and guests and special occasions. It is installed in the Tower of Vytautas the Great War Museum in Kaunas.
The Tower is also known for the historical Bell of Independence, which rings on special occasions, and The Great Russian bell that counts hours. The latter two are not connected to the carillon. Since 1956, the carillon has been played regularly in concerts.
For more information on the carillon: https://lt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carillion
Kaunas Artists’ House is organizing a yearly carillon music program in cooperation with Vytautas the Great War Museum. At least 30 carillon music concerts are performed for the residents and guests of Kaunas city annually. The artistic program is performed by carillonists selected by a committee established by the Director of Kaunas Artists’ House. Carillonists will be invited to apply for the competition to perform in the concerts for upcoming year in December 2017.