On Upcoming Handbells

After taking a break for the summer, our church handbell choir returns to rehearing tonight. I don’t have a clue what music is planned for the year, but I’m sure our leaders will find something interesting to push us.

Meanwhile, I didn’t take a break from the ringing this summer as I’m participating in a duet that we hope to do this weekend. It’s my first encounter with this animal and the journey has been interesting as it involves bringing together two people with different ringing styles, different musical interpretation, different expectations, different personalities, different egos, different senses of humor, and whatever other differences two people normally bring to the table. I don’t mean those to be negatives, but rather an aspect of people and life.

It’s not a difficult piece, but given we had to learn some a few new techniques, the level of difficulty is appropriate for the first trip into this arena.

In of honor the new ringing season, here’s the St. Olaf College handbell choir playing Pirates of the Caribbean … and these players are a workin’! Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “On Upcoming Handbells

    • Chris,
      Playing handbells is a bit more difficult than one would think, let alone getting people to be in sync with one another. Interestingly, the techniques involved also differ from octaves to octaves. For instance the lower bells involve mallets more often … while the upper bell ringers develop a 2-in-hand technique … and both of these can be seen in the video.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  1. That was very impressive. I was expecting a simple “bell ringing” with a little rythm, but that was a very nice arrangement.

    Thanks for video Frank

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    • Rad,
      Good handbell ringing is impressive. If you see this comment, click Handbells in the Categories list … note the one I posted at Christmas … post title is probably something like a holiday gift to all. Talk about impressive!

      Thanks for the comment and glad you were surprised.

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