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HANDBELL RINGING

Ringing the Changes

Do you feel like ringing the changes with something not too energetic, amongst a group of people who enjoy making music. Handbell ringing could be what you are looking for. It doesn’t matter if you can’t read music as the notes for handbell ringing are usually written down on squared paper showing which bell is to be rung next, making the playing of complicated tunes so much easier.

Most handbell societies form bands which play at fund raising events. The bells are muffled to give a soft, mellow tone which is quite surprising if you are expecting to be deafened by the noise. There are also conventions and competitions where groups of ringers meet to show off their talents and meet other ringers.

The handbells vary in size, from small bells giving a high note to large bells for the bass notes and there may be several hundred bells to give a great variation of sounds.

There are many societies all over the UK and other parts of the world. If you are looking for something different why not give it a try?

If you would like to find out more about handbell ringing in the UK contact the following:

Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, Chairman, Dr Alan J Hartley 87 The Woodfields, Sanderstead, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 0HJ. Allan@hrgb.org.uk Telephone: 020 8651 2663 www.hrgb.org.uk

As a variation you can also use a keyboard to play bells. The contact address for this is:

British Carillon Society, 126 Chesterfield Road, Lichfield, Staffs, WS14 0AA. Telephone: 01543 263361.

Enjoy your hobby.

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