Federation Bells are a set of 39 bronze bells located in Birrarung Marr in central Melbourne


Special schedule of 2015 Competition entries

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February

Come along to the Federation Bells over this weekend to hear the incredible variety of pieces that were submitted for the 2015 Composition Competition.

Seventy-two compositions from Australia and around the globe were submitted for the competition, with John Coutts’ piece Call to Prayer taking the honours.

Check the schedule for a complete listing of all the pieces to be played on these days.

2015 Competition Winners Announced!

The City of Melbourne is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Federation Bells Composition Competition.

First prize:

John Coutts – Call to Prayer

John, a mechanical engineer from Melbourne, says of his piece:

“The idea I had in mind while writing “Call to Prayer” for the Federation Bells was one of calling people together to appreciate the world they live in, regardless of their beliefs or origins. I hope as people stand and listen to the Islamic and Christian (and perhaps a touch of gamelan) themes on Aboriginal ground they will feel a sense of oneness and take delight in their diversity and marvel at their beautiful surroundings.”

This is John’s second competition winner after also taking last year’s first prize for his piece “Whispers”. For more information about John and his composition, download the Call to Prayer notes, where he talks about the inspiration for the piece, his background, and what it means to win the competition.

Second prize:

Trevor Adelson – Parkville Suite


Amy Bennett, Creative Learning Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne
Councillor Rohan Leppert, Chair of the Arts and Culture portfolio at City of Melbourne
Ariel Valent, Curator Musical Instruments for the City of Melbourne

Seventy-two compositions from Australia and around the globe were submitted for the competition. The judges were very impressed with the standard of entry and many of the works submitted will go into regular programming.

The Federation Bells will feature the winning works from Friday 18 December, and play complete playlists of all entries over January 2-3, 2016.

Make sure you check the schedule to come down and hear your favourites.

Entries were due on 26 October 2015. The next competition will be run in 2016. However, don’t wait until then – we welcome submissions at any time.

Jingle Bells in Birrarung Marr

1st – 25th December

Hear the Federation Bells chime their way through your favourite Christmas carols this festive season down in Birrarung Marr.

The majestic bells form part of the City of Melbourne’s Christmas celebrations with a collection of well-known Christmas songs scheduled to ring out throughout December.

Stay tuned to hear ‘Away in a Manger’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’ and everyone’s favourite ‘Jingle Bells’.

View the full schedule for a complete list of songs and times.

For a complete list of what’s happening in Melbourne over the festive season visit the  City of Melbourne’s website.

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