Every Wednesday from 15.00 – 16.00 you can hear the bells ringing in Lommel city centre. Not the regular church bells, but the carillon bells. 63 of them in all. Carillonneur Liesbeth Janssens conjures the most diverse pieces of music from the impressive instrument in Sint-Pietersbanden Church.
From modern to classic. And sometimes even children’s songs and Flemish classics. In 2014, Belgian carillon music was recognised by Unesco as an intangible cultural heritage. Lommel’s carillon has been located in the Sint-Pietersbanden church tower since 2000 and is also quite unique. With 63 bells (weighing a total of 15.5 tonnes), it is the second largest carillon in Belgium and was played for the first time on 16 September 2000. It is often played entirely by hand. But there is also an automatic, computer-controlled mode that can play 100 different melodies. It is connected to electromagnetic hammers on the outside of the bells and plays a melody every half hour.
Tip: Burgemeesterspark is an ideal spot to sit back and enjoy the unique sound of the carillon’s bells.
You can visit the church tower and the carillon every first Wednesday of the month from 15.00 – 16.00. Individually or in a group. Admission is free of charge. For more information please contact city carillonneur Liesbeth Janssens.
Kerkplein (no number), Lommel
Sint-Pietersbanden Church can be visited free of charge from sunrise to sunset and is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. The church tower with the carillon can only be visited by appointed.