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Carillon of Tartu Town Hall

Information about the City Council of Tartu and City Government of Tartu
Raekoda, 51003 Tartu
736 1101

 

The Carillon of Tartu Town Hall

Since Christmas 2001, both locals and visitors have been enjoying the chimes of  the Town Hall, which until October 2016, were performed on 18 bells manufactured in the Karlsruhe Bell Factory. To mark the 15th anniversary of the carillon, 16 new bells were cast by one of the world’s most reputable bell-makers – the Royal Eijsbouts Belfry in the Netherlands – to complement the 18 existing bells. The smallest of the bells weighs 8 kg, the largest 96 kg.

To achieve the best harmony of the bells, the 18 old bells were returned to the Karlsuhe Bell Factory for restoration.  

The new carillon of Tartu Town Hall was opened with a show of beautiful music, fire and dance on the 28th October 2016.

With 34 bells, the carillon in Tartu is now internationally recognised as the biggest in Estonia. The new carillon makes it possible to offer more exciting musical experiences. The chimes have become one of the favourite attractions of tourists from around the world, and enhanced bell-ringing options are sure to bring more townspeople to the Town Hall Square to enjoy these beautiful sounds.

The production, delivery and installation of the 16 new bells cost €55,000  and tuning the 18 old bells required an additional €15,000. Private persons and companies donated €39,718 for the carillon during a fund-raising campaign.

Tartu is grateful to everyone who contributed to the beautiful bells of the city!

For further information, please contact: Carillon Project Manager, Merle Kollom, telephone: +372 521 6996.

Photos by Kalle Paalits
Photos by Kalle Paalits

Playlist and Schedule of Chimes June 2019

-Daily program-

  •    9.01am:  Olav Ehala "Tartu kellad" / "Bells of Tartu"
  • 12.01pm: Geord Riedel "Idas Sommarvisa"
  • 15.01pm: Camille Saint-Saëns "The Swan"
  • 18.01pm:  Martini il Tedesco "Plaisir d`Amour"
  •  21.01pm: Johannes Brahms "Lullaby"
     

        -Special program-

4 June  - the 135th anniversary of flag of Estonia

  •    9.01am:  Enn Võrk "Eesti lipp" / "Flag of Estonia"
  • 12.01pm: Enn Võrk "Eesti lipp" / "Flag of Estonia"; René Eespere "Ärkamise aeg" / "The Era of Awakening"
  • 15.01pm: Enn Võrk "Eesti lipp" / "Flag of Estonia"; René Eespere "Ärkamise aeg" / "The Era of Awakening"
  • 18.01pm:  Enn Võrk "Eesti lipp" / "Flag of Estonia"; René Eespere "Ärkamise aeg" / "The Era of Awakening"
  • 21.01pm: Enn Võrk "Eesti lipp" / "Flag of Estonia"; René Eespere "Ärkamise aeg" / "The Era of Awakening"

14 June -  Remebrance Day of Deportation Victims

  •   9.01am:  Juhan Aavik "Hoia, Jumal, Eestit" / "God, Protect Estonia"
  • 12.01pm: Heino Eller "Kodumaine viis" / "Home Melody"
  • 15.01pm: Miina Härma "Ei sa mitte vaiki olla" / "I Can't be Silent"
  • 18.01pm:  Peep Sarapik "Ta lendab mesipuu poole" / "Flying towards the Hive"
  •  21.01pm: Gustav Ernesaks Mu isamaa on minu arm" / "My Fatherland is My Love"

20-22 June  - Tartu Song Festival,  the 150th anniversary of the Song Festival

  •  9.01am:  René Eespere "Ärkamise aeg" / "The Era of Awakening"
  • 12.01pm: Karl August Hermann  "Kungla rahvas" / "People of Kungla" / except 21 of June  when will be played Juhan Aavik "Hoia, Jumal, Eestit" / "God, Protect Estonia"
  • 15.01pm: Peep Sarapik "Ta lendab mesipuu poole" / "Flying towards the Hive"
  • 18.01pm:  Karl August Hermann  "Kungla rahvas" / "People of Kungla"
  • 21.01pm: Miina Härma "Ei sa mitte vaiki olla" / "I Can't be Silent"

24 June - Midsummers Eve

  •    9.01am:  Olav Ehala "Tartu kellad" / "Bells of Tartu"
  • 12.01pm: Karl August Hermann  "Kungla rahvas" / "People of Kungla"
  • 15.01pm: Karl August Hermann  "Kungla rahvas" / "People of Kungla"
  • 18.01pm:  Karl August Hermann  "Kungla rahvas" / "People of Kungla"
  •  21.01pm: Karl August Hermann  "Kungla rahvas" / "People of Kungla"

Last changed 06.06.2019