Bells have had a long history in the church and were used all over Europe to toll time and to call people to prayer and worship. More specifically, handbells were popular in the UK before being introduced to America in the early 20th century, and unlike other musical ensembles, one is able to play in a handbell (or chime) choir without having any previous experience or musical background. The unique sound of handbells is a beautiful and joyous accompaniment to the liturgy when used with psalms and chant, random ringing, or in handbell repertoire.
The Jubilate Ringers is an ecumenical group of musicians sponsored by St. Luke’s in East Greenwich. Dan Moore is Director of this ensemble which rings four octaves of hand bells and three octaves of hand chimes. Their music is heard at concerts and many community festivals. To learn more about the Jubilate Ringers please call Rodney Ayers, Minster of Music, at 401-884-4116 or email the Music Department.
Handbell and Chime Resources
- Handbell Musicians of America is a national organization
- Type “Handbells for Children” into a search engine and find lots of resources on how to start a children’s handbell choir; read Ashley’s blog for ideas and inspiration
- One of the major handbell and hand chimes supplier is Schulmerich Bell Company