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Federation Handbells ‘Quiddity’ Composition Project


Lisa Cheney has received the 2015 Quiddity Commission and will perform with Matthew Horsley at The Big Om concert on Friday 28th August. The judges were impressed by the quality of applications and Lisa is a worthy recipient.

A youth commission was not offered on this occasion – so kids, get in early next time!



Festival of Slow Music, in partnership with Museum Victoria, is excited to invite submissions for the Federation Handbells ‘Quiddity’ Composition Project 2015.

You have the chance to receive a commission to compose a piece for the Federation Handbells inspired by the theme of “Quiddity”. The successful compositions will be performed on Friday 28 August at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute as part of FoSM 2015.

Quiddity is defined as “the essential nature of something” and FoSM is pleased to be involved in the Quiddity Project as the great contribution of music to the essential nature of human experience, and the role music plays in building connections, are important aspects of the festival.

Two commissions are available:
– Open (all ages) – approx 10 min duration – $400
– Youth (under 18 years of age) – approx 5-10 duration – $100

Submissions due: 5pm – Monday 3rd August, 2015

The Federation Handbells are available all this week until Aug 2nd at Museum of Australian Democracy (M.A.D.E.) – come and have a play!

Public access between 12-2pm daily or call 1800 287 113 to book a private session.

For further details: 
Information sheet (PDF – 125KB)


The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria