One of the benefits of moving to Philadelphia and living with someone as obsessed with handbells as I am is that we play with bells all the time (many of you will remember our cover of “Rather Be” from several months ago). For the Christmas Concert Season Brian and I kept getting asked to play random gigs, so we decided to learn some duets. At the same time, we were both still employed at Schulmerich Bells. One of the newest Schulmerich products is call a Matrix. It’s basically a fancy way to hold bells vertically, similar to a bell tree. Since neither Brian or I had ever performed on a Matrix, we decided to pull one out with Silver Melody Bell castings and play with it. We choose Kevin McChesney’s “Symphonia on Hyfrydol” because of the awesome bell tree section at the end. Here is the final product, performed at a Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble concert a few weeks ago.
Both Brian and I had a great time playing with the Matrix. The set up worked really slick and learning the piece really easy. What’s your favorite piece for bell tree?
Merry Christmas from all of us at the blog!