Presented by Museums Victoria and Creative Victoria

The exquisite now – Federation Handbells public performance


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Year All year levels

Subject areas

Culture & ethics, Music, Performing arts

The Federation Handbell’s performance by Victorian school children of  The Exquisite Now is the culmination of a months-long project involving schools from across the state.


The festival’s Exquisite Now Federation Handbells project brings together five schools from regional Victoria, with students learning to play a rondo – a piece of music that repeats, interspersed with contrasting music.


Museums Victoria has been working with Wangaratta West Primary School, Weroona College Bendigo, Woodleigh School, Plenty Valley Christian College and Trafalgar High School.


In February, teachers from the schools gathered at Museums Victoria in Carlton for the all-day workshop, where they learnt a rondo by composer Graeme Leak, called the Exquisite Now.


They returned to their schools to teach students in years 5 to 8 the rondo. The contrasting music is composed by the schools, creating a chain of music.


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


The schools involved in the project will convene in Melbourne during the festival on Friday 3 May, for a rehearsal and public performance at 4:00 pm, at the Atrium at Federation Square. Be sure to share in this amazing opportunity to hear the results of the collaboration.


Apart from learning how to play the handbells, students have learned 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
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session Information

A free public performance by Victorian school children of The Exquisite Now featuring the Federation Handbells will take place at 4:00 pm.


Deakin Edge, Federation Square



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Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Swanston Street and Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Deakin Edge is part of Federation Square, located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets. Main access is from Flinders Street.


It’s across the road from Flinders Street Station, and is also served by city trams routes that run down Flinders and Swanston streets, and several bus routes.


There’s also parking at Federation Square, the arts precinct, and city car parks.


Coach drop-offs can be made at the Russell Street extension, and along Flinders Street. The nearest coach parking is along St Kilda Road, opposite the Arts Centre and the NGV.