National Carillon 50th Anniversary Works
The NCA is in the process of finalising Carillon and Aspen Island upgrade works to coincide with the Carillon’s 50th Anniversary in April 2020.
Gifted to the people of Australia by the British Government in 1970, 2020 marks an important milestone birthday for this iconic musical instrument in the heart of the National Capital.
With signs of wear and tear on the musical instrument after 49 years of use the NCA has undertaken extensive repair and upgrade works in preparation for the anniversary where a celebratory program in 2020 will be held.
John Taylor & Co are the founders of some of the world’s finest bells, as the original founders of the Carillon bells they have been commissioned to produce the two new bells for the 2020 works. Detailed planning was required which involved measurements to cross check the instrument against the original 1970 drawings, the development of an enhanced design, the clavier to be built to new World Carillon Federation standards, as well the installation of larger bell clappers to create an increased depth of tone from the bells as well as a new practice instrument located on the upper floor to the main clavier, has all been completed as part of these works.
- In brief, the works for the Island and Carillon that have been undertaken include:
- Island’s beach upgrade
- Weatherproof perimeter path around the Island
- Grading on the Island’s grassed mounds
- General Island landscaping
- Installation of a new G Bell to the carillon (over 5 tonne)
- Installation of a D Bell (tiny)
- Carillon Claviers, clappers and transmission rigs upgrade.
- Minor AV works within the Carillon
Works currently underway at Aspen Island are almost complete, awaiting the final installation of the Carillon bells and clavier.