Federation Handbells

Photo: Jon Augier. Source: Museum Victoria.

Schools around Victoria are using the Federation Handbells, on loan as part of the Arts Learning Festival.

The Federation Handbells, managed by Museums Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria, were originally commissioned by Arts Victoria for the 2001 Centenary. Museums Victoria has a great short film about the bells.

They are the world’s first true harmonic bells. Each set consists of 24 bells covering two chromatic octaves (from E to D#).

Schools around Victoria are using the bells over terms 1 and 2.

Students from the first group of schools that have had the handbells in term 1 will take part in a performance workshop during the festival.

The Federation Handbells have inspired performances from schools, community groups and professional organisations and can be used by players of all skill levels for any occasion or musical style.

They provide an exciting way to empower and engage people of all ages in a musical experience – to see where unlimited imagination will take them.