Welcome to HRGB
The aim of the Society, which was formed in 1967, is "To advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms." It is the only national organisation supporting handbell, handchime and Belleplate players. The Society presents to its members a wide range of activities and music designed to show the many aspects of handbell tune ringing.
The Society is organised into 8 regions giving access to a nationwide network of handbell ringers from all walks of life and of varying abilities. Each region holds rallies where teams have the chance to ring individually or to combine to ring the same piece of music in 'massed' ringing. Workshops are also organised in the regions for teams to try out other ringing methods or techniques.
A National Rally is hosted by a different region each year. This may be either a one-day or a weekend event, which culminates in a concert by some of the participating teams.
HRGB is one of six countries to host the International Handbell Symposium which is held every two years giving members the chance to visit Japan, Korea, Australasia, Canada and America to meet and ring with handbell teams from these and other countries.
Golden Rally Group Photo
This the group photo from the 2017 Golden Rally at Exeter University.
You are welcome to dowload and distribute this photo.
National Residential Ringing Week 2017
Sheffield University 31st July - 5th August 2017
The 11th National Residential Ringing Week will be returning to the wonderful Sheffield University for another exciting week of handbell ringing. The week brings together learning a set of music with some of the world's best conductors, and having a fun holiday with friends new and old. The music is accessible, with possibly a few challenges along the way!
For the 11th edition, we shall be bringing in the main man of the Singapore music scene, Damien Lim, a 3rd visit for one of the most enjoyable advanced conductors in America, Michael Glasgow and our very own maestro, Helen Secker.
The week Monday 31st July – Saturday 5th August 2017 takes place at ‘The Edge’, a purpose built conference facility situated in the middle of the Sheffield Universities student accommodation known as ‘The Endcliffe Village’.
Golden Anniversary Composition Competition Winners
With your 2017 Membership Cards you will receive an order form for copies of the winning compositions. These are FREE and will be available in whatever range you need – one copy per Member – with further copies being available at £1 each for use by non-members in your group.
You can download audio files of the two pieces to help you rehearse them.
(Computer generated recording from the score)
(Sight-read by Ockment Valley Handbell Ringers - apologies for the odd error!)
The Crescendo Scheme - Now Free
WHMF ‘Crescendo’ Scheme
- Designed for new, young ringers
- Staged to maintain enthusiasm and progress
- Four progressive certificates to be won
- Encourages team work and commitment
- Ringer's ability assessed by teacher or team leader
- Adaptable to each team's requirements
- Fun - but targets require some effort by the ringer
- Presentation certificates and lapel badges available for a small charge
40 Years of HRJ
HRGB sends its warmest congratulations to the Handbell Ringers of Japan who celebrate their 40th Anniversary in November 2016.
As part of the celebrations, members are invited to take part in the 2nd Asia Festival to be held in the Sendai International Center, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan from 18th – 20th August 2017. A post-festival ringing tour is also being planned. Further information is available from the National Secretary.