Bathurst War Memorial Carillon is situated in the centre of beautiful King’s Parade in the heart of Bathurst.  Officially opened on 11 November 1933 to honour the men from Bathurst and district who served in the Great War, the memorial now recognises those who have served in all conflicts and peace-keeping operations. Bathurst War Memorial Carillon is one of three carillons in eastern Australia, the others being Sydney University War Memorial Carillon and the National Carillon in Canberra.  Its close proximity to the tower of All Saints Cathedral with its peal of eight bells is unique in the world.

The Singing Tower is a memorial with a voice: a voice to call to the skies that we remember; we remember not only in the morning and at the going down of the sun. Whenever the bells ring we shall remember them.

The Friends of Bathurst War Memorial Carillon (Inc. 1900622)

The Friends of Bathurst War Memorial Carillon are a small, volunteer organisation led by President, Jan Page OAM. Established in 2019 at the request of Bathurst Regional Council, they oversee all of the various areas of management in relation to the playing of the Carillon.

The goals of the Friends of Bathurst War Memorial Carillon are:

  • To promote the history of the memorial and its place in the Bathurst Town Square.
  • To support the playing of the instrument through training and on-going support of local carillonists.
  • To facilitate the playing of the Carillon for commemoration, celebration and entertainment.

Looking Forward

Our vision is to have a vibrant and unique carillon culture in the City of Bathurst. We are working towards the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon, so prominent in stature in the centre of the town square, becoming a beloved and intrinsic musical feature within the aural landscape as well.

Regular Saturday performances by our local carillonists are advertised and promoted throughout NSW. Performances for special occasions and civic events also form an important part of the program. We also encourage collaborations with carillonists from Australia and internationally, with activities such as masterclasses and guest performances.

Historical tours and performances for commemorative celebrations and events serve as an ongoing reminder of the original purpose of the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon. We hope to establish secure structures for a sustainable and high quality program with long term funding security. Currently, our qualified carillonists are performing on a volunteer basis, something that we wish to remedy so we are in line with national and international expectations.

For a copy of our 2024 Strategic Vision please click on the link below: