Voices sound clear as a bell

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Hear the com­bined voices of the Osti­nato com­mu­nity choir when it per­forms its “All Bells and Whis­tles” con­cert at the Wan­garatta Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Sun­day.

The pop­u­lar an­nual event will in­clude a spe­cial ad­di­tion this year, with bell ringers adding a truly sea­sonal charm by play­ing the Fed­er­a­tion Hand­bells.

The beau­ti­fully crafted in­stru­ments were orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned by Arts Vic­to­ria (now Cre­ative Vic­to­ria) and the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val for the Arts, for the 2001 Cen­te­nary of Fed­er­a­tion.

They were de­signed and con­structed by Neil McLach­lan and An­ton Hasell and cast in a foundry in Castle­maine.

There are 80 sets of Fed­er­a­tion Hand­bells to­talling 1920 bells, with each set cov­er­ing two oc­taves.

On Sun­day they’ll ac­com­pany the singers as they per­form a pro­gram of tra­di­tional and mod­ern Christ­mas mu­sic, adding magic to songs in­clud­ing The Bells of Par­adise, Ring Christ­mas Bells, Ding Dong Mer­rily on High and Up Good Chris­ten Folk and Lis­ten.

The bells are made of sil­i­con bronze with a unique de­sign and pitch and they are played by strik­ing them with a mal­let.

Lo­cal bell ringers Ruth McLay, Richard Gray and Pal Col­let have been get­ting the swing of the ex­tra­or­di­nary in­stru­ments dur­ing re­hearsals at Avian Park in the lead up to what prom­ises to be a spe­cial, fam­ily event.

The choir will also be ac­com­pa­nied by Glenise Wil­liams on the Stein­way Grand Pi­ano, with mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Ruth Hil­lNoble.

The per­for­mance will take place on Sun­day from 2.30pm un­til 4pm with adults and chil­dren’s tick­ets avail­able from the box of­fice or at www.wan­garat­ta­pac.com.au.

The au­di­ence is in­vited to join Osti­nato for a cup of cof­fee or tea and Christ­mas cake (by gold coin dona­tion) in the foyer af­ter the show.

A STEL­LAR line up of co­me­di­ans will take to the stage at Brown Broth­ers on Sun­day when it hosts the Grapes of Mirth tour.

Hosted by co­me­dian and Grapes of Mirth founder, Mer­rick Watts, the event will also in­clude Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Char­lie Pick­er­ing), Celia Pac­quola and Luke McGre­gor (Rose­haven), Fiona O’Lough­lin (Win­ner - I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!), Peter Row­sthorn (Kath & Kim, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!), and Danielle Walker.

Per­form­ing from 2pm un­til 8pm at the win­ery in Mi­lawa where lunch op­tions and a full bar is avail­able, tick­ets can be pur­chased by vis­it­ing www.grape­sofmirth.com.au.

STOCK up only lo­cally grown and made, sea­sonal pro­duce and shop for Christ­mas gifts at the Wan­garatta Farm­ers Mar­ket be­ing held in Apex Park on Satur­day. Along with reg­u­lar stall hold­ers there will also be a Mak­ers’ Mar­ket of­fer­ing a wide range of dec­ora

DING DONG: Per­cus­sion­ists Ruth McLay, Richard Gray and Pal Col­let will be there “with bells on” at Osti­nato’s “All Bells and Whis­tles” con­cert on Sun­day.

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