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Musical instruments

Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ
Federation Bells
Giant Theremin

Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ

Originally built in 1929, the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ uses ninety thousand cubic feet of air every minute and can produce anything from a delicate whistle to deafening thunder.

It was lovingly refurbished and relaunched in 2001 and now contains drums, bells and almost eight thousand pipes across three Town Hall levels.

Why not go behind the scenes? For a closer look at the organ chambers and the Grand Organ Museum, book in for a free Melbourne Town Hall tour.

The City of Melbourne's Grand Organ music program presents:

  • virtuosic solo performances of classical organ music spanning over four hundred years
  • orchestra and band concerts performing with the organ
  • new jazz pieces written specifically for the Town Hall instrument
  • opportunities to see the instrument from the inside.

Best of all, most of the events are offered free.

Read more information on the Town Hall Grand Organ, or join the Grand Organ mailing list to receive advance email updates on upcoming Grand Organ events.

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Federation Bells

The Federation Bells are a set of 39 brass bells located in Birrarung Marr in central Melbourne. The bells were created for celebrations for the centenary of Australia’s federation in 2001.

The Federation Bells were designed by Anton Hasell and Neil McLachlan in collaboration with Swaney Draper Architects. On the Federation Bells website, you can compose music to be played on the Federation Bells. Find out more:

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Giant Theremin

City of Melbourne’s Giant Theremin is a super-sized musical instrument standing more than seven metres tall, controlled by movement rather than touch and can be played by up to eight people at once.

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man interacting with giant bells in front of city skyline