The “Afternoon Bells” concert, starting at 3 pm, offers a carillon recital by renowned Belgian carillonneur Luc Rombouts. Having studied at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, he is now city carillonneur of Tienen (Belgium), university carillonneur of Leuven (Belgium), and carillonneur of Park Abbey near Leuven. He has given recitals in Europe and in the USA and performed during festivals and congresses. Together with his colleague Twan Bearda, he formed The Bells’ Angels carillon duo that has been exploring the repertoire for four hands carillon playing since 2000.
He published two collections of 18th century carillon music from Leuven. He wrote several books on the carillon, among which is the award-winning carillon history book Zingend brons that was published in English, in 2014, under the title Singing Bronze. A History of Carillon Music. He obtained a PhD degree cum laude from the University of Utrecht with a dissertation on the origin of the carillon.
Luc Rombouts coordinated the project that led in 2014 to the recognition of the Belgian carillon culture as a best safeguarding practice in intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO and is president of the Belgian Carillon Heritage Committee. He is board member of the National Carillon Museum 'Klok & Peel' in Asten (the Netherlands) and the Royal Carillon School 'Jef Denyn' in Mechelen (Belgium), and director of the Singing Bronze Foundation, based in Asten. He co-founded the International Network of War Memorial and Peace Carillons, based at the Peace Palace in The Hague (the Netherlands). From 2017 until 2018, he coordinated the project of the Peace Carillon at Park Abbey near Leuven, a replica of a 18th century baroque carillon.