Lead Carillonist

Lyn Fuller

Lyn Fuller has led the music programme at the National Carillon since 2013. She has performed on carillons all over the world and has a special interest in presenting music by Australian composers both here and overseas. Together with Thomas Laue Lyn premiered Ten Australian Miniatures both at the Canberra International Music Festival and at the World Carillon Congress in Barcelona, receiving awards for both performances. She also premiered Moon Fire by Jess Wells at the same Congress, Moon Fire went on to be a finalist in the Australian Instrumental Composition Awards for APRA - the first Carillon composition to do so.

Senior Carillonists

Astrid Bowler

Astrid Bowler majored in music at Sydney University and is Canberra’s longest serving carillonist. She began studies with John Gordon in 1984 and has had lessons and master classes with numerous visiting overseas artists. Astrid has attended carillon congresses in Europe and the US and has performed in the UK, Lithuania and Belgium. She is also organist at two Canberra churches.

Thomas Laue

Thomas Laue received Third Prize at the coveted Queen Fabiola International Carillon Competition, becoming the first Australian laureate of the carillon 'Olympics' in 2014. Thomas is honoured to have worked with many internationally acclaimed composers and performers - but is also proud of his work with Indigenous Australians and school students. He is dedicated to raising the national and international profile of the National Carillon as a solo and ensemble concert instrument.

Peter Bray

Peter is now a senior carillonist, having started study in 2013, he is also Secretary of the Carillon Society of Australia. Last year, at age nineteen, he was a finalist in the Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen, Belgium. Peter is currently studying a Bachelor of Music and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, where he is majoring in composition and Japanese.

Canberra Carillonists

Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss is a conductor currently based both in Australia and Baltimore, USA, where he is studying with maestro Marin Alsop. As a carillonist he has toured throughout Belgium, Germany, Denmark and the USA, alongside performing regular recitals in Canberra. Leonard was the 2016 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, and ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year.

Anna Wong

Anna Wong commenced carillon studies in 2013, performing at the World Carillon Congress in Belgium in 2014, and the Canberra International Music Festival in 2015 and 2016. Anna performs regularly in Canberra and enjoys arranging music for the National Carillon.

Harrison Whalan

Harrison Whalan studies with Lyn and progressed through the Carillon Technique teaching programme in very short time. He was assessed by two overseas maestro and graduated as a carillonist whilst still in high school, making him the youngest carillonist in the world. He is a talented performer and arranger of music for the National Carillon. He also plays, and writes for, several different instruments.

Student Carillonists

Julie Wright

Julie is a Music Educator and registered Music Therapist. As a multi-instrumentalist, Julie is enjoying the physical and mental challenges that she is encountering as a student of the National Carillon.

Vikki Jacobsen

Vikki has had a lifelong love of music, having studied music history and saxophone at Melbourne University, taught music privately, and played professionally for many years. After driving past the bell tower on her way to work each day, Vikki was keen to learn the carillon. She commenced as a student with Lyn in 2017.

Kriti Mahajan

Kriti has been playing the Carillon since 2013, studying with Lyn and Thomas. She enjoys regularly practicing the instrument to develop her technique and playing in concerts for the public to hear.

Grace Chan

Grace travels weekly to Canberra to study with Lyn. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium, where she is the recipient of a prestigious organ scholarship awarded for outstanding achievement. Her research focus is Australian pipe organ, harmonium and carillon culture. In addition to studying at the National Carillon, she performs at significant heritage pipe organs in Sydney.

EOI for new students

In 2017 the National Capital Authority called for Expressions of Interest for new students to learn to play the National Carillon. The video below was created to promote this opportunity. Two new students were selected to be part of this program.