MechaMusica awardMechaMusica award

With this trophy, MechaMusica wants to honour persons or organisations because of their merits in the field of automatic musical instruments.

2008: Norbert Vroman - Lendelede - West-Flanders

MechaMusica award 2008 - Norbert Vroman - Lendelede (West-Flanders)

2009 - Dick van Minnen - Utrecht - The Netherlands

MechaMusica award 2009 - Dick van Minnen - Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Dick van Minnen, on the right side of the photo, receives the MechaMusica award from Johnny Claes (photo: Ronald Pannenborg).

During 39 years, Dick van Minnen was connected with the restauration workshop of the Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement.

2015 - Johnny Claes - Tisselt - Antwerpen

At the AGM of our society in 2015, the MechaMusica-award was given to Johnny Claes. He was the first president of our society, and since our start in 2007, he has made enormous efforts to put our society on the map – a task he performed like no one else could have done. Our award has been redesigned: the bronze figure was designed by artist Hilde Peeters. On the photo below (taken by Bennie Tanghe), Johnny receives the award from our current president, Gilbert Duerinck:

MechaMusica award 2015 - Johnny Claes - Tisselt - Antwerpen

2016 - Alois Broeke - Breda - The Netherlands & Robert Florizoone - De Panne - West-Vlaanderen

In 2016 we decided to honour two people with an award: one was given to Alois Broeke, who has put endless energy in documenting and preserving Belgian dance organs and their culture; another one was given to Robert Florizoone, who devoted many hours (and kilometres) to our society as event manager.

MechaMusica award 2016 - Alois Broeke - Breda - The Netherlands

MechaMusica award 2016 - Robert Florizoone - De Panne - West-Vlaanderen

2017 - Bennie Tanghe - Terneuzen - The Netherlands

At our 2017 AGM Bennie Tanghe was honoured with our MEMU-award for his lifelong efforts to support our society.

MechaMusica award 2017 - Bennie Tanghe - Terneuzen - The Netherlands

In September 2007, MechaMusica was born: a Flemish society aiming to preserve (the culture of) mechanical music instruments. It is the first Belgian society concentrating on mechanical musical instruments.

Formation of MechaMusica vzw in 2007

Our goals are:

  • The preservation of the extant patrimony of automatically playing musical instruments, as well as the management, opening up, archiving, inventorying, publishing, exhibiting, informing, documenting, advising in any field related to these automatic musical instruments. Special attention goes towards patrimony that is of historical relevance to Belgium.
  • Stimulating the interest in automatic musical instruments, with special attention to patrimony of historical relevance to Belgium
  • To reach the goals mentioned above: using and/or acquiring and managing a building.

Every member receives our encyclopedia once a year; this contains a selection of articles concerning mechanical music. As such, the members will be able to compile a valuable collection of information.

Furthermore, our society organises all sorts of activities and gatherings during the year. In a relaxed atmosphere, you can meet other mechanical music enthusiasts and enjoy the music of instruments present at the meeting location.

Our motto is "Together for more!". If you want to become a member, visit our membership page for more info!

Below you can find links to articles in the pres about (activities organised by) MechaMusica vzw:

DateLink
03-10-2014 Krant van West-Vlaanderen
12-07-2014 Het Nieuwsblad
17-06-2014 kneistiKRANT
21-08-2012 Het Nieuwsblad
20-08-2012 Blog bezoekster draaiorgelfestival Knokke Heist
20-08-2012 Oro Knokke Heist
20-05-2012 Het Belang van Limburg
05-04-2012 TV een - Man bijt hond
01-04-2012 Nieuws.be
31-03-2012 Het Nieuwsblad
28-03-2012 Gazet van Antwerpen
27-02-2012 Radio 2 Antwerpen
19-02-2012 RTV
17-02-2012 Internetgazet Overpelt
16-02-2012 Media Watchers
16-02-2012 Gazet van Antwerpen
16-02-2012 Uit in Vlaanderen
16-02-2012 Het Nieuwsblad
26-07-2010 De Standaard
26-07-2010 Het Laatste Nieuws
26-07-2010 De Morgen
24-07-2010 Het Nieuwsblad
24-07-2010 Het Nieuwsblad
10-07-2010 De Standaard
03-07-2010 Belg.be
18-06-2010 Het Nieuwsblad
18-06-2010 Media Watchers
30-03-2009 Het Nieuwsblad
30-03-2009 Het Nieuwsblad
27-03-2009 De Standaard
27-03-2009 Het Nieuwsblad
25-03-2009 Editie Pajot
01-2009 Het Laatste Nieuws
10-2008 Gazet van Antwerpen
11-09-2008 Het Nieuwsblad
31-07-2008 Zangtalent.be
06-2008 Erfgoedcel Antwerpen
05-11-2007 Spoorwegemplacement
25-09-2007 De Standaard
25-09-2007 Het Nieuwsblad/Het Volk

MechaMusica vzw
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B-2340 Beerse

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President: Gilbert Duerinck

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  Gilbert Duerinck

 

 

 

Secretary: Gerrit Verhagen

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  Gerrit Verhagen

 

 

 

Treasurer: Marijke Groosman

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  Marijke Groosman

 

 

 

Event manager: Johan Van Oprooy

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  Johan Van Oprooy

 

 

 

Editor: Rudy Nijs

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  Rudy Nijs

 

 

 

Shop manager: Gilbert Duerinck

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  Gilbert Duerinck

 

 

 

Webmaster: Björn Isebaert

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  Björn Isebaert

 

 

 

Archivaris: Jan Boyen

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