Festival of Bells

Welcome to the Festival of Bells
 

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 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.

This event will feature carillonists and bellringers from around the country, together with the absolute best local adult and school bands, orchestras, choirs and ensembles.

Program

The Festival features a packed program of music in several styles including classical, contemporary, world music, and ensemble performed by local musicians intertwined with never-before-heard recitals on the newly installed clavier inside the Carillon.

What is a Carillon?

Program

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.

History of the Carillon

Tickets

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.

Monthly Muster

Thursday, 6th May - 7:30 pm
Bathurst Uniting Church Hall


A talk by Andrew Reynolds. Hosted by the Bathurst District Historical Society. The talk will encompass John Taylor & Co, the Festival of Bells, the Bathurst Carillon, and Carillons in general. John Taylor & Co are the original foundry and installers of the bells in the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.

Tickets to this event are free but with limited numbers. Contact Bathurst Visitor Information Centre to book on
1800 68 1000.

Tickets

To keep the Festival COVID-Safe, the event is free, but fully 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 for each day.