May 7-9, Bathurst. Carillonists and bellringers from around the country, together with the absolute best local adult and school bands, orchestras, choirs and ensembles. Supported by an Arts OutWest Micro Grant.
Bathurst has a world-class Carillon, one of three Carillons in Australia and the only one in the whole of regional and rural Australia.
Bathurst is also the only place in the world where a Carillon with its fixed bells is located near a Cathedral Belltower with swinging bells, creating a unique sound when played together.
The Festival features a packed program of music including classical, contemporary, and world music performed by local musicians intertwined with never-before-heard recitals on the newly installed clavier inside the Carillon.
The inaugural Festival, held from 7 – 9 May 2021, will address the commemorative nature of the Carillon as a War Memorial through a moving Last Post Ceremony on Friday evening, followed by two days of entertainment and celebration.
To keep the Festival COVID-Safe, the event is free, but ticketed to 5 separate sessions of 500 attendees each. You must obtain a ticket to enter your chosen session/s. A limited number of additional tickets will be available at the festival gate.
This event is supported by Arts OutWest through an Arts Restart Micro Grant. Funds will contribute to the completion of a commission by Carillion Society of Australia for composer Gerard Brophy for the festival.