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Bells of Peace (Melba) 2017

CreativeVictoriaLogo loresCreative Victoria will fund the development and choral arrangement of the 'Bells of Peace' song originally commissioned by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council for the ANZAC Centenary in 2015.  The grant will also provide for the transposing of the music and software programming so the song can be played on the Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr and the Federation Bells app.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley and Minister for Education, James Merlino attended the DRMC to announce the grant of $45,000.  The song was inspired by the story of Dame Nellie Melba ringing the Lilydale CFA bell to announce that the world was at peace in 1918 at the end of WW1.

The creative development of the Bells of Peace is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Ranges Music Festival 2017

We are delighted to announce Yarra Ranges Council will support this event in 2017.

Date: Thursday 16 November and Friday 17 November 2017
Venue: Monbulk Township

Music workshops and performance opportunities. Any groups, bands, choirs across the Yarra Ranges interested in participating please email

More information when plans are finalised.

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The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Incorporated is an arts organisation serving the Shire of Yarra Ranges and beyond. The office is located in Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne. The DRMC has been funding, facilitating and teaching community music for over thirty years. The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc. is assisted by Yarra Ranges Council.

We believe community music is for everyone, beginner to professional. It enriches our lives and gives us opportunities locally to sing, play, perform, jam, create and listen.


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Revisiting Spirit of the Mountain

'Spirit of the Mountain' was a bushfire recovery project for Ferny Creek Primary School and community after the 1997 fires.  The song ‘Island In The Sky’ was written by Suzie Davies Splitter and Phil Splitter using the children’s words.  It will be the 20 year anniversary in January 2017.  

The DRMC have a collection of songs relating to bushfire education and recovery.  These can be used to educate the community about being prepared as well as remembering past fires and those who lost everything.   If you are interested in being involved in a fire awareness week project in 2017 please contact

Listen to ‘Island In The Sky’ now, the song features The Ferny Creek Primary School Choir of 1997:




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The DRMC has been successful in its application for 2016 Community Heritage Grant for a Preservation Needs Assessment for the DRMC Music Collection. This will include CDs, DVDs, Videos, Sheet Music, Books, Programs and Photos.

The outcome of the project will be recommendations for the methodology and priorities to plan for the conservation activities and collection management.

The photo at right shows Jude Fraser undertaking the Preservation Needs Assessment on the DRMC Music Collection.

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Calvin Bowman's Crowd Funded CD Project

Calvin Bowman is seeking crowd funding to publich a CD of his works. Calvin Bowman's songs have received acclaim from some of the most distinguished names in the arts over the years: 'Gems of twenty-first century imagination' - Sir Neville Marriner 'Beautiful and well written' - Barbara Bonney 'Equal to that of Ned Rorem...magnificent and flawless' - William Jay...

The money raised in this part of the campaign will go towards artists costs and engineering and production fees. Overall production costs will be in the vicinity of $36,000.

Click here to support a CD recording of Calvin Bowman songs.

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