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

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2017 AFL Grand Final Week

The Federation Bells are playing their part in AFL Grand Final Week with original arrangements of all the Football Club theme songs.

All the clubs’ themes will be featured in an end of season ladder countdown on Friday 29th September at 12.30pm and 5.00pm.  And of course the two competing Grand Final teams’ songs will be played on Grand Final day (Saturday 30th September), and the 2017 AFL Grand Final Winner’s theme will be featured on Sunday 1st October.

So come along  and celebrate the AFL Grand Final week, and hear your club’s theme as never heard before.

For a full schedule of times and what’s playing visit the schedule page.

All the themes were arranged by composers from across Australia:
Adelaide Greg Champion
Brisbane Harry Williamson
Carlton Matt Archer
Collingwood Adam Starr
Essendon Tony Pain
Fremantle John Coutts
Geelong John Coutts
Gold Coast Chris O’Neill
Greater Western Sydney Daryl Wallis
Hawthorn Rob Jennings
Melbourne Dennis Wilkinson
North Melbourne Ariel Valent
Port Adelaide Chris O’Neill
Richmond Rob Jennings
St. Kilda Fabian Acuna
Sydney Daryl Wallis
West Coast Matt Archer
Western Bulldogs Peter Knight

Bells of Peace

Thursday 21 September, 12.30 – 1.00pm – International Day of Peace

The Bells of Peace song will be performed by school children and choirs from the Yarra Ranges and played by the Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr on the International Day of Peace.

The song was commissioned in 2015 by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council (DRMC) to commemorate the Anzac Centenary and was originally composed for handbells. The inspiration for the song Bells of Peace came from Dame Nellie Melba ringing the Lilydale Fire Station bell to let the people of Lilydale know that WW1 had ended.

In 2017 the creative development of the song has involved choral arrangements by Kate Sadler, and arrangement for the bells and composition of the new piece, War Bells, by Karen Berger.

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September, ‘commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples’. The 2017 U.N. Peace Day theme is ‘Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All’.

Presented by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council. Supported by the City of Melbourne

Participants: Kallista Primary School, Belgrave South Primary School, Tecoma Primary School, Upwey High School, Tecoma Peace Choir.
The creative development of the Bells of Peace is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


Welcome Song by Steve Falk

Refugee Week 18 – 24 June

In 2013, Museum Victoria commissioned internationally acclaimed composer/percussionist Steve Falk to compose a piece for the Federation Handbells on the theme of ‘welcome’.

Come and hear the piece performed on the Federation Handbells as part of the launch ceremony for the Inflatable Refugee on Saturday 17 June. Then, hear the work arranged on the Federation Bells in Birrarung Marr throughout Refugee Week.

Welcome Song will play on the hour from 8am – 6pm each day

Note: due to a Circus Oz performance on Wednesday 21 June there will be no 11am or 12pm performance.

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