May 1st 2018, Frank on Facebook:Sanctuary Song: From fear to joy.I've been composing quite a few pieces by now, for carillon and together with André Rieu. But now, my first big composition for orchestra, choir and soloists will be performed on June 1, 2018 in Maastricht! It has become quite a big performance with over 220 musicians on stage. I guess that's what you could expect when you ask somebody from André's orchestra! The piece is composed for the big festival 'Heiligdomsvaart' (a religious festival, dating back to the Middle Ages) which takes place every seven years in Maastricht. It is about the life of Saint Servaas, the patron of Maastricht. So, if you don't want to wait until 2025 to hear it, book your tickets online now! (See the link below).
Article in Chapeau Magazine:No less than 220 musicians from the three countries of the Euregio on one big stage as accompanists of international opera stars, among them Marjon Lambriks and Huub Claessens. The world premiere of the Sanctuary Song, a composition by the Maastricht composer Frank Steijns, on June 1st at 7 PM in the St. Theresia Church on the Tongerseweg in Maastricht, promises to be a special spectacle.The program of the “Groot Heiligdomsvaart Concert” includes works by Georg Friedrich Händel (Music for the Royal Fireworks), Ennio Morricone (The Mission) and Carl Otto Nicolai (Messe in D-Dur).But the absolute highlight is the Sanctuary Song which is being performed for the first time.This song consists of four different parts. Each part contains a scene from the life of Saint Servaas (the patron of Maastricht). The atmosphere symbolically goes from fear to joy.The work is composed by Frank Steijns, city carillonneur in Maastricht, Weert and Heerlen. In addition, he is known as a violinist in the Johann Strauss Orchestra by André Rieu. Tickets for this very special concert are on sale, Click HERE. € 12,50. Start: 7 PM.Koop tickets=Buy tickets. Bestel=Order.Theme of the 2018 Sanctuary event is: “Do well, without looking back”.A theme that is tangible throughout the city. If everyone in this environment is merciful to the other, then the world becomes more beautiful. And so we are gradually building a culture of meeting.
June 3, 2018. Frank Steijns on Facebook:Last movement of my 'Sanctuary Song', composed for the Heiligdomsvaart, the religious festival in Maastricht that takes place every seven years. It was premiered last Friday by 220 youthful musicians of Amikejo, and opera stars Marjon Lambriks and Huub Claessens.Lyrics by Dutch poet Daan Doesborgh are not easily translated into English language. It starts with 'Hear, the Mother's Mother talks'. This is the 'Grandmother', the big bell of St. Servaas church in Maastricht. It was cast in 1515 by Moer (which means mother in old-Dutch).Grandmother speaks about the water source in Maastricht that Saint Servaas struck according to legend. You can hear the well depicted in the wind players of the orchestra.The message is that love conquers all fear and sorrow (depicted in the first movements of the composition). The motto of the Heiligdomsvaart is 'Do well and don't look back'. That's the conclusion of the song. Let's all be a source of love.
The ancient “Grandmother” bell (from 1515) is in the garden of the St. Servaas church in Maastricht.
The new bell is in the tower carillon of the St. Servaas church