Special Carillon Christmas Concert

Media Release

14 December 2016

This year the National Capital Authority will host the National Carillon Christmas Concert featuring our senior carillonists and a choir-led program of popular Christmas songs to sing along to.

Carillonists Lyn Fuller and Astrid Bowler will play the concert from 6pm this Sunday 18 December, which will also feature the Canberra Harmony Chorus, an a capella choir.

The public are invited to pack a picnic and head to Aspen Island on Lake Burley Griffin to join in the singalong with the choir of some old favourites like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

The carillonists will perform between the carolling, and the concert will include the first live performance of a specially commissioned contemporary piece called Moonfire, to be played by lead carillonist, Lyn Fuller.

The recent audio improvements to the Carillon, including the installation of loud speakers into the bell tower, allow carillonists to incorporate recordings of other instruments into live performances. These upgrades have made the performance of Moonfire possible for the first time.

Also, there will be free, guided, public tours of the National Carillon tower from 4.15 to 5.45 pm on Sunday 18 December. Bookings for these tours are not required, but spaces are very limited and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

There will be free parking available in Kings Park.

The Carillon has 55 bells and is one of the largest concert instruments in the world. Sound travels well across the lake, however, the best vantage point for enjoying a performance is within 100 metres of the Carillon.

Live Carillon performances occur every Wednesday and Sunday, 12.30 to 1.20 pm.