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The Carillonist

Wellington City Council

Recording one of the world's largest instruments

Looking down over Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, is the New Zealand National War Memorial Carillon and Hall of Memories. This iconic tower is in fact one of the world’s largest musical instruments – a Carillon. Comprised of 74 bells, many inscribed with memorials to whānau lost in war, the National War Memorial Carillon is the third largest of these instruments in the world.

While Wellingtonians often hear the sound of the bells playing, many remain unaware of how the instrument works. Storybox was asked to create a series of short videos documenting the Carillon being played, by Master Carillonist Timothy Hurd, so that we could all share in how this unique instrument works.

This project involved some unique challenges, the space is very tall, but cramped and difficult to access. We worked with some very agile camera people as well as utilising a drone to capture the scale of the Carillon. We also had to use multiple microphones to record bells that ranged from cup of tea size all the way to up to big enough to engulf our camera team.

Made by:

Thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Wellington City Council

Carillonist – Timothy Hurd

Producer – Andrew Croot
Director/Editor – Dylan Herkes
Camera – Mike Potton
Drone – Matty Warmington and Matt Sharpe
Production Assistant – Rhiain Love
William Ricketts and Martin Kwok field recording.
William Ricketts mix and mastering.