Make a Joyful Noise with Handbells

If you step into the music room on Wednesday nights from 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm (in the Choir Room), you’ll hear the recently formed UMC of Monroe Handbell Choir rehearsing its upcoming music for the November and December services.

Our recently formed handbell choir has 11 members. The three-octave set of handbells come from Unity Hill Church of Christ in Trumbull who let us borrow their bells because they weren’t using them.

The music we play looks like piano music with chords and notes across the treble and bass clefts.   Each person plays two to four bells – each representing one note. The high notes are rung on smaller and lighter bells. The bass notes are played on larger bells, weighing as much as 25 pounds. Players usually wear gloves to protect the finish on the bronze bells, which can get tarnished, or even pitted, from contact with oils produced by human skin.

Playing the bells takes teamwork in order to sound like one instrument that moves nice and smooth, like fingers running up and down a keyboard.   Not only do you have to know what you’re doing, but you have to know what your neighbor is doing, and how you fit into the whole mix. It’s the ultimate team sport where you rely on people on either side of you to achieve that fantastic musical result.

Our handbell choir will be playing on Stewardship and Laity Sunday, which is November, the first Sunday of Advent on December 2, and at our Christmas Eve Service. Please join us in worship as we rejoice and make happy bell noises as our way or praising God.

Click here to view our debut performance in November 2018.

NOTE:  We will not meet on the following Wednesdays:

October 31 – Happy Halloween!
November 21 – Happy Thanksgiving!
December 26 – Merry Christmas!

Contact: Janice Allen