( updated October 10, 2019)
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Welcome to our Handbell Choir page !
We enjoyed a good “organizational meeting” and “bell cleaning party” on Wednesday, September 18th, and we have now had several good rehearsals on our music for Christmas, 2019.
Rehearsals each Wednesday 6:15 – 7:00 PM upstairs in the handbell room.
We are making plans to play several pieces on the 2nd Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019).
One of our pieces will be a new 2019 arrangement by Joel Raney (remember him ? ) called “The Herald Angels Sing”. It will use handbells, tone chimes, and Martha on the harp ! Click or paste this link to listen to it — https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10998626
If we get the Raney piece learned in time, our second piece is a b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Cathy Moklebust. It is a duet with Martha’s harp. You will love it ! Click or paste this link to listen to it –– https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/look_inside?R=4648557
We will hold in reserve our third piece — a 2018 arrangement of “What Child Is This?” arranged by John Behnke . It plays a lot of bells but it not very difficult. Click or paste this link to listen to it — [sorry. not yet available]
Questions? Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or send him a text message at 704-909-6202.
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Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:15.
Our 2018 – 2019 Anthems
(Presented December 16, 2018)
(Presented December 16, 2018)
Our 2017-2018 Handbell Anthems
March 11, 2018:
Our Handbell Anthem is “The Passion Chorale” (“O Sacred Head Now Wounded”) by Hans Hassler, arranged 2017 by Brenda Austin. Listen to it here: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10821775
Advent & Christmas Anthem
The Handbells will play on Sunday, December 3 at 11:00 AM.
The Anthem is “Ding Dong ! Merrily on High” arranged by Lloyd Larson. Some of our handbell players have played this one before. It will be a challenge, but it will give the ladies with the small bells something to enjoy!
Our 2016-2017 Handbell Anthems
Easter Anthem Get ready, my friends, we have “a doosey” of an anthem for Easter Sunday (April 16th, 2017). It calls for all the handbells we have, plus the organ AND the piano AND the Chancel Choir ( “a holy cacophony” ). You can listen to it here:
Easter Hymn , As we did two years ago, we will play the opening hymn “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” with the organ and strings.
Fall Presentation (November 13, 2016): “Abide with Me” arranged by Cathy Moklebust in 2012. It called for most of our handbells and many of our tone chimes, plus Nancy Toy playing her flute. Listen here: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10342535
December 18th (Lessons and Carols) “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying” arranged by Ron Mallory 2013. This piece is a real cool one, with the men malleting a driving rhythm on the lower bells. It is certainly not your ordinary sober Bach chorale ! Listen here: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10366491
Our 2015-2016 Handbell Anthems
October 18, 2015 “As the Deer” An arrangement of our beautiful hymn 626.
We will use all 5 octaves of Handbells and 3 octaves of Handchimes. It is breathtaking !
Listen to our recording of it at www.soundcloud.com under the Steven Mowery account with the light green safari hat.
November 15, 2015 “Abba, Father” by Jason Krug
This also uses handbells and tone chimes.
Listen to OUR recording of it at www.soundcloud.com under the Steven Mowery account with the light green safari hat.
December 20, 2015 (Lessons and Carols at 11:00 AM Traditional Service)
Our Christmas anthem is Natalie Sleeth’s beautiful hymn, “Were You There on that Christmas Night?” The handbells will play as the Choral Scholars sing . The handbell arrangement is by Martha Lynn Thompson.
Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmcXNfCLxs0