Junior Carillonist Concerts

Media Release

14 November 2014

Fourteen year old junior carillonists, Peter Bray and Kriti Mahajan will perform their first public concert this Sunday at the National Carillon in Canberra.

Peter and Kriti were selected to train as the National Carillonís first junior students.

Lead Carillonist, Lyn Fuller said the training program aims to encourage participation in the instrument by younger musicians.

ëIn the spring holidays last year, we held the first carillon school. Twelve young people took part in a "hands-and legs-on experience" at the National Carillon,í she said.

ëDuring the week long program, the participants made music with all sorts of bells from 300g handbells to the largest 6 tonne carillon bell.í

ëOut of this process, two young people were identified as having great talent for the instrument and we invited them to take part in further training.í†

ëThe students commenced tuition in July this year with Senior Carillonist, Dr Thomas Laue and myself. In such a short time, Peter and Kriti have reached a standard allowing them to perform solo pieces and duets with other carillonists.í

The free public concert performed by Peter Bray and Kriti Mahajan will be held on Sunday 16 November, from 12.30pm to 1.20pm at the National Carillon, Aspen Island off Wendouree Drive. Kriti will deliver her next performance on Sunday 14 December, from 12.30pm to 1.20pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Background

The National Carillon was a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Capital. With 55 bronze bells the National Carillon is large by world standards. The pitch of the bells ranges chromatically through four and one half octaves.

The National Capital Authority supports a team of highly professional carillonists. The carillonists recently received international recognition for their work after presenting concerts in Europe as part of the Congress of the World Carillon Federation. During the tour, Canberra carillonist Dr Thomas Laue also achieved third place in the Queen Fabiola International Carillon competition in Mechelen, Belgium. This competition is the most important in the carillon world.

Photo opportunity

Peter Bray is available for interviews and photographs.

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