25 September 2023

Experts ring in to fix Carillon

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The National Capital Authority (NCA) has announced that experts from the United Kingdom have arrived in Canberra to begin work restoring the Carillon Bells on Lake Burley Griffin.

The Carillon was a gift to Australia by the United Kingdom Government as part of the 1970 celebrations of the anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook in Australia 200 years before.

Chief Executive of the NCA, Sally Barnes said there were signs of wear and tear on the musical instrument after 48 years of use.

“The NCA is undertaking extensive repair and upgrade works in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the gift when it is proposed a yearlong celebratory program will be held,” Ms Barnes said.

She said representatives from John Taylor and Co, founders of some of the world’s finest bells, began detailed planning which had involved measurements to cross check the instrument against the original 1970 drawings and the development of an enhanced design.

“Sitting on Aspen Island, the Carillon has become an instrument and landmark that resonates with visitors and locals alike,” Ms Barnes said.

“With such an iconic building and with the instrument itself one of only a few in the world, it is important that the sounds the Carillon produces are first class.”

She said she looked forward to working with John Taylor and Co to ensure the sounds of the Carillon were heard better than ever before.

The NCA manages the Carillon on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. It is played at weekly recitals and special events.

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