Presented by Museums Victoria and Creative Victoria

The exquisite now – Federation Handbells


Suitable for

Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

Subject areas

Culture & ethics, Music, Performing arts

Our Federation Handbells project, the Exquisite Now, brings together schools from across regional Victoria, who are creating a chain of music – a rondo – using these unique, beautiful instruments.


Museums Victoria is working with five schools from regional Victoria on the project: Wangaratta West Primary School, Weroona College Bendigo, Woodleigh School, Plenty Valley Christian College and Trafalgar High School.


Students in years 5 to 8 are learning a rondo – a piece of music that repeats, interspersed with contrasting music – created by composer Graeme Leak, called the Exquisite Now.


In the Exquisite Now project, these contrasting pieces will be composed by the schools, creating a chain of music.


This chain will link school from across Victoria, and will be built on by future collaborators, becoming a link between our festivals.


The schools will convene in Melbourne during the festival on Friday 3 May, for a rehearsal and public performance. We’ll have details soon of how you can attend the performance.


Apart from learning how to play the handbells, students are learning about their history.


The handbells were originally commissioned by Creative Victoria for the 2001 Centenary of Federation.


Cast in silicon bronze, the bells cover two chromatic piano octaves.  You play the bells by striking them with a mallet.




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  • Fri 3 May 2019
  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


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