What are Handbells?
A handbell ensemble an instrument that takes at least 12 people to play. It takes coordination, good rhythm, and fun rehearsals to have a successful handbell choir. Handbells were created in England to provide a practice instrument for the carillons (bell towers). It was impractical for the carillonneurs to spend their practice hours actually ringing the carillon in the unheated towers for everyone to hear, so they created miniature versions of the bells to be played by hand inside.
Who rings the handbells?
Those who have experience in music pick up handbells the quickest and experience reading music is necessary to join this excellent group of players. Our Ringers are members and non-members of HPUMC – and range from those who have rung for 20+ years to those who are in high school band/choir to college students. All are welcome!
For the rehearsal schedule or more information, contact Amy Wainscott.