Pop Music

The ringers of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble (PHE) have been performing on the airwaves around Christmas time the past few years, and what they have been ringing might surprise you.  Teaming up with the Preston and Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR, the ringers of PHE perform short snippets of pop songs which the listeners must call in and identify to win prizes.  This odd combination of pop music, handbells, and a local radio station...

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Variations on a Theme by Bond

Posted By on Oct 17, 2013

Sometimes two composers can take the same piece and the same medium and create two completely different works.  Just recently I ran across two unique arrangements of the most recent Bond song.  “Skyfall”, the theme song to the 23rd James Bond film of the same name, is an epic ballad by the performer Adele.  First, if you are not familiar with “Skyfall”, take a listen to the original version.  The haunting...

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Here are the results of our first big recording project!  After falling in love with Michael Glasgow’s arrangement of Firework, we knew it would be a great first piece to record.  The two us us laid down all the audio tracks you hear, and we teamed up with a friend of ours to record all the video footage at the Great Reno Balloon Races. Enjoy our cover of “Firework” If everyone likes it we will have to try...

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What Is French For Bell Ringing?

Posted By on Aug 24, 2013

When handbells and indie rock combine you can never really be sure what the final result will be.  Sometimes you get the rhythmic driving bass line like Anthallo, and sometimes you get the ethereal flowing bell runs like in today’s music.  London based duo French For Cartridge recently released their brand new song “Boxes” featuring a bell trio most ringers would be familiar with. The song “Boxes” is...

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What If This Week Ends?

Posted By on Jul 6, 2013

A couple months ago Bryce and I drove over the mountain to record Bell Appeal performing in San Francisco.  Their entire concert was original arrangements of popular music.  The whole experience blew us away, but one piece in particular stood out to me.  This arrangement of Snow Patrol‘s “What If This Storm Ends” by Cliffard Reilly is absolutely stunning (Cliff is also the one conducting in this video).  There are so...

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Long Live the Life

Posted By on Jul 5, 2013

Today’s pop music feature is probably one that most bell ringers are familiar with.  Kevin McChesney‘s arrangement of “Viva La Vida” has been performed by numerous ensembles.  This performance by McChesney’s own group, the Pikes Peak Ringers, I found to be unique because the group sings and plays simultaneous, creating a beautiful, rich sound.  I remember seeing this piece performed for the first time in...

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