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Essentially Australian

A program of original compositions for carillon, as well as transcriptions and arrangements with an Australian connection.

A carillon is a set of twenty-three or more stationary bells arranged chromatically and played mechanically, with no electrical or other assistance.

'Essentially Australian' features the stunning sound of Australia's National Carillon, one of the world's largest and most beautiful. Situated amongst the beauty and tranquility of Aspen Island in the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin, its award-winning design and height of fifty metres allow music to drift over a 300 metre radius.

Contains original compositions, arrangements of traditional and popular songs and transcriptions from the piano repertoire, all with an Australian connection.

Visit the World Carillon Federation here.


Joan Chia

Joan Chia is the carillonist at the National Carillon in Canberra.

Press quotes

“stunning sound ... unique and very Australian.”

Capricorn Coast Mirror

“the ambience of the Canberra instrument has been effectively captured, and with an entertaining program and accomplished playing this disc provides a musical souvenir which will be welcolmed by locals and visitors alike.”

— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times

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Track Listing

  1. A Little Fantasy and Fugue for Carillon Hamilton Harty
  2. Australian Medley Waltzing Matilda, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox, Botany Bay, The Road to Gundagai (Traditional) Arr: Joan Chia
  3. Lake Music for Carillon Terry Vaughan
  4. Five Little Piano Pieces Ross Edwards

  5. Allegretto
  6. Andante con moto
  7. Early One Morning (Traditional) Arr: John Gordon
  8. Devil Among the Tailors (Traditional) Arr: John Gordon
  9. Fantasy on the Bells of St Clements (Traditional) Arr: John Gordon
  10. The Shearer's Dream (Traditional) Arr: Leen 't Hart
  11. Suite on Moreton Bay John Barrett
  12. Scottish Medley My Love She's But a Lassie Yet, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, The Piper of Dundee, Horo, My Nut Brown Maiden, Bonnie Dundee (Traditional) Arr: Joan Chia Raymond Keldermans
  13. Winter Afternoon for Carillon John Gordon
  14. Summer Song for Carillon Terry Vaughan
  15. Irish Medley St. Patrick's Day, Cockles and Mussels, Killarney, The Minstrel Boy, The Last Rose of Summer (Traditional) Arr: Joan Chia
  16. The Old Palmer Song (Traditional) Arr: Joan Chia
  17. Australian Medley Click Go the Shears, I Still Call Australia Home, Advance Australia Fair (Traditional) Arr: Joan Chia



Ross Edwards

One of Australia's best known and most performed composers, Ross Edwards lives and works in Sydney. His commitment to the ideal of music as a positive and regenerative force within the community has led him to explore beyond the confines of Western Art Music.

Where to buy

Essentially Australian is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Essentially Australian is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Keef Andrew
Martin Wright
Terry McGee
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
© 1996 Move Records
℗ 1996 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3182
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574318227