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.

Melbourne will get to hear what students create, with compositions performed using the large digital Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr during the festival.

The Federation Bells is an installation comprising 39 upturned bells, created for the celebrations for the Centenary of Federation in 2001.

It’s a wonderful chance to come along and hear what promises to be a great collection of compositions.

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#).

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.