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Some nights when I’m bored I will pick an ensemble I know nothing about and stalk them all over the internet to learn as much as I can.  The other night I ran across Charm City Bronze from Baltimore, Maryland.  Two things caught my eye about this group.  First, they performed a joint concert with the Arsis Youth, which made me supremely jealous.  Second, they performed a concert at the Palm...

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And now for something completely different; presenting a remix of the very first performance we posted on the blog!  Here is “Born This Way” performed and arranged by Brian Seemann and remixed by Aaron Cheng. You have to admit that’s pretty fantastic.  It has been far too long since the last time we posted a electronic remix of bells. Aaron, the producer of the piece, is surprisingly not a handbell...

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I can not begin to tell you how excited I am to share this video with everyone.  Long time readers of the blog will remember that I spent this last fall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Well I was out there I had the pleasure of ringing with the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble (PHE), a talented group of ringers who are not afraid to think outside the box.  One of the pieces we played was “Spirit Wind”...

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The Arsis Youth Handbell Ensemble is once again on YouTube impressing us with their technical skills and musicality.  One of their recently posted videos is of  the E.Grieg “Prelude” from Holberg’s suite, arranged by D.J.Benton.  Sit back and enjoy the brilliance of these young, talented ringers. This summer at the National Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to...

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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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