The Closest Thing I Could Find To Bells On Fire

Posted By Derek Nance on Jul 1, 2013 | 1 comment


Since I introduced pop music week with flaming bagpipes, I wanted to continue with the fire theme.  However, the best I could find is this cover of “Chariots of Fire” performed by Handbell Cathy.  For those who don’t know, “Chariots of Fire” is the opening theme to the 1981 movie of the same name about two Olympic Athletes in the 1924 summer games, and Handbell Cathy does a great job capturing that epic confidence every Olympic Athlete has.

This is our second post featuring Handbell Cathy, and since our first post last month we have actually had contact with the group.  This is how Tomoko Teramachi described their group to us in an email,

“It is rather hard for me to translate all the contents of our homepage at one time, so let me begin with a brief introduction. Handbell Cathy is an amateur handbell group based in Tokyo, Japan. We formed the group about four years ago. This April, we had the second concert at which we played a dozen pieces including those uploaded to YouTube. We are pupils of Taiko Otsubo, the leader of Kiriku Handbell Ensemble which you described as ‘your jaw will be on the floor.'”

Keep an eye out for this up and coming group in the future!

If you haven’t heard the original version, here is the opening scene to Chariots of Fire.

Stay tuned all week for more pop music covers on handbells!

<Yesterday’s introductionTomorrow’s “Payphone” by Maroon 5>