Music for the Conferring ceremony

Music for the Conferring ceremony

Over the past 150 years the Great Hall has been used for a wide variety of events including conferring of degrees, musical and dramatic productions, banquets, public lectures, book launches, balls, examinations, commemorations, memorial services, antique fairs, Chancellor’s Committees, annual book sales and so much more.

The University of Sydney War Memorial Carillon, located in the clock tower, and the Great Hall Organ are the Ceremonial Voices of the University of Sydney.

The carillon has 54 bells and a range of four and a half octaves. The 21 lower bells were cast by the Taylor bellfoundry, of Loughborough, England. The upper 33 treble bells were cast by the Whitechapel bellfoundry of London.

The organ was designed by Rudolf von Beckerath of Hamburg and built in conjunction with Ronald Sharp of Sydney. The organ has three manuals and pedals, 54 speaking stops, 79 ranks and 4,005 pipes.

Two brass quintets from the Conservatorium of Music will also contribute to the music of the College Graduation Oration and Ceremony for Conferring of Diplomas and Awards on Sunday 7 May at the Great Hall.

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