Holiday Music


Halloween Concert Suggestions


Posted By on Oct 12, 2015

Halloween, the often forgotten about holiday in the handbell community. With all the hustle and bustle to get music for the Christmas holiday season ready, many bell groups opt to forgo any concerts in October. For the adventurous group that decides to go for a Halloween concert, they are faced with a challenge harder than preparing for holiday concerts in one month; finding music to perform. None of the major publishers have...

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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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Today I have just a quick post to share an excellent recording we recently found of the Agape Ringers performing D. Linda McKechnie’s setting of “We Three Kings” with “Farandole” from L’Arlesienne Suite No.2.  The Agape Ringers are fabulous as always, and the organ adds a great foundation to the music. What’s your favorite arrangement for organ and...

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Nick and Noah, a pop duo from the East Coast, are on a quest to write and record an EP for each season.  While brainstorming things they wanted to include in their Winter EP handbells were one one the first things they thought of.  According to Nick Frenay from the duo, “I remember always hearing the bell choir in church service when I was younger, and specifically around the holidays. As a pop duo, everything we do starts with...

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I’ve been on a jazz kick recently (you’ll see why in the next few days here on the blog) when I ran across this recording posted a couple days ago by the Three Rivers Ringers.  This jazzy rendition of “Go Tell It On the Mountain” is awesome, from the blusey echo damps to the treble riffs.  Any lack of soul this group has is more than made up by the technical skill the group demonstrates, especially with no one...

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Imagine being a lone Salvation Army ringer standing by your red donation pot when suddenly bell ringers approach from all angles playing beautiful holiday tunes.  Flash mobbing, or the art of creating a performance in random public spaces, is nothing new.  Many musicians, actors, and bored college students have been creating flash mobs for years.  The handbell world got excited about flash mobs in 2009 when the New York based acting...

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