Handbell Performances


Video of the Week: Blackbird


Posted By on Feb 26, 2015

The Beatles song “Blackbird” is a timeless classic.  Like much of the music by the Beatles, “Blackbird” continues to be a popular song.  At their concert last month, Bell Appeal premiered a cover of Blackbird beautifully written for bells and voice by Jen Hayes.  The concert was entitled “The Story of my Life”, and group members recounted times in their lives each song had touched...

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The Agape Ringers recently uploaded a video of their session playing the new piece “Some Nights” originally by FUN, arranged for bells by Douglas Anderson. It is very exciting to see a popular song with such a good arrangement pop up! I would love to see more songs arranged involving drums and other rhythm section instrumentation.  I think you can agree it adds a whole new dimension to the music. In case you...

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Yes, that Debussy classic. For some reason, this song seems to evoke a certain memory or feeling for everybody that hears it. As a native Las Vegan (Vegasite? Vegasan? They all sound like a disease) we avoided the Strip at all costs. The only times we would brave the craziness is when close friends or family came to town and wanted to do the “Vegas thing”. The Bellagio fountains were always the last sight to see at the end...

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The winners of the 2014 Worlds Greatest Handbell Competition*, the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir, are at it again with a stunning concert recently uploaded on YouTube. Their Disney-heavy concert displays the amazing amount of technique and skill that we have come to know this group for. If you do not have an hour to spend watching the whole concert, the most spectacular piece in the repertoire is “Disney Fantasy Bells...

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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...

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After spending hours watching over all the submissions and deliberating, we have the results for the first ever World’s Greatest Handbell Competition.  A big thank you to everyone who sent in videos!  We got far more submissions this year than we were expecting.  Also, a big thanks to Tim Waugh and PL Grove for helping us judge the competition.  Here are the results: Musicality 1st Place – Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell...

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