Fri 29 Apr 2011 to Thu 5 May 2011

Over twenty instruments, played by just two ambitious musicians, brings Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells to life in a very unique theatrical performance at the Arts Centre from 29 April to 5 May 2011.

Pianos, organs, electric guitars, acoustic and Spanish guitars, bass guitar, mandolin, tuned percussion, drums, glockenspiel, loop pedals, synthesizers and, of course, tubular bells feature in this ambitious project by multi-instrumentalists Daniel Holdsworth (The Saturns / The Maple Trail) and Aidan Roberts (The Maple Trail / Belles Will Ring).

Intricately choreographed, the work by the Sydney-based musicians has been rehearsed to present the influential masterpiece true to the original recording with all its multi-layered madness and subtle beauty intact.

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells is perhaps the most unlikely smash hit record ever to be released. The beautiful and sprawling progressive Celtic/folk/rock opus shot to number one in album charts around the world in 1973 and 1974, throwing its young composer into the international spotlight and kick-starting Richard Branson’s Virgin music empire.

To hear audio samples of Tubular Bells for Two visit

“A hilarious and strangely moving night”
Richard Glover, ABC Sydney

“A two-man performances that is part musical, part acrobatic”
Ian Cuthbertson, The Australian

FULL TILT at the Arts Centre presents Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells for Two
performed by Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth
the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio
29 April to 5 May 2011
Tickets $30 full / $25 conc or phone 1300 182 183

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