Handbell Choirs for All Ages
Bells are ancient instruments which have been incorporated into religious ceremonies for centuries. Abington Presbyterian Church includes in its music ministries handbell choirs for all ages as a means of music leadership for worship, fellowship for the ringers, and musical training and growth for anyone who is interested to learn. Just as music has played an important role in the common worship life of Abington Presbyterian Church, handbells now play an active part in our music ministries.
Joyful Bells provides an introduction to handbell ringing for 3rd through 6th grade ringers. Ringers learn basic techniques of ringing and handbell notations, and they have fun learning ensemble playing. Their work and learning is shared with the congregation through musical offerings at Christmas and in the spring. Rehearsals: Wednesday 4:15 - 4:50 under the direction of Janet Tebbel.
The Festive Ringers at the 2005 Tour final concert
The Festive Ringers include seve7th through 12th grade students who enjoy ringing challenging, rhythmic, and beautiful works in the handbell literature and processions, hymn accompaniments and descants for worship and on an annual spring tour with the Chapel Choir All ringers are welcome, but some experience with music reading and ringing is encouraged. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings 7:30 - 8:30 under the direction of Janet Tebbel.
The Celebration Ringers bell choir is open to all adults. New ringers are a welcome addition to this choir which provides an opportunity to explore and enjoy hymns, accompaniments, and anthems for the church handbell choir. Some basic music familiarity is needed, but ringing experience is not required. The group plays about once a month for worship in addition to an annual "Christmastide" appearance in the community to share the Christmas spirit with the sound of their music. Rehearsals: Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:15 under the direction of Janet Tebbel.