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.
BBC Music - Get Playing
What is Get Playing?
Playing music is life-enhancing, community building, and above all, fun. Get Playing aims to inspire amateur musicians across the UK and bring them together in a celebration like you've never seen before.
Join David Baddiel, learn Bizet's Toreador Song and play in the Virtual Orchestra.
Whether you currently play an instrument, or haven't played for years, we want you to get involved and experience the joy of music making!
How you can get involved:
- Play in our Virtual Orchestra with David Baddiel and Marin Alsop.
- Be part of our Virtual Orchestra film, screening at Proms in the Parks across the UK.
- Brush up your skills with musician-led Masterclasses.
- Play at an event near you.
- Follow the action across TV and Radio as we shine a light on amateur music making.
Wherever you are, whatever your level, Get Playing and join our nationwide community of music makers.
Join our Virtual Orchestra
Join David Baddiel and play along with our first ever Virtual Orchestra - a nationwide orchestra built entirely from audience videos.
Whatever your level, it's really easy to take part. Simply choose your instrument and follow our Masterclasses to help you learn this year's track - Bizet's Toreador Song.
Then record yourself playing along and upload your video to the Virtual Orchestra for a chance to be part of the celebrations for Last Night of the Proms 2016.
Learn new skills
If you're feeling a bit rusty, why not brush up your skills with our musical Masterclasses featuring James Rhodes, Nitin Sawhney, Thomas Gould, Alison Balsom, Evelyn Glennie and Courtney Pine.
Check out the Toreador Tips, provided by our partners ABRSM.
You can also watch out for Get Playing events near you, hosted by our partners Making Music and Music for All.
As you get playing, you'll be joined along the way by our team of Champions across the radio networks. Clara Amfo is learning to play the piano, Matt Everitt is teaching Shaun Keaveny the drums and discover what Craig Charles is up to.
Over on TV, Get Playing includes two prime time shows for BBC Two and BBC Four - the UK’s Best Part Time Band and a series showcasing a contest of the nation’s most inspiring amateur orchestras.
2017 National Rally
7th - 9th April
Visit our online booking website - you will need to create an account on the site befroe you can register to attend
Come for a Day
Come for either day (or both) – day visitors are most welcome!
Saturday will start with the HRGB AGM followed by workshops with lots of hands-on ringing.
Saturday evening will feature a Concert open to the public.
Sunday will start with a short service of thanksgiving for HRGB’s 50 years and will be followed by a traditional style rally and massed ringing plus a few showcase’ items. The finalists of the Music Composition and Arrangement Competitions will be announced.
You can choose whether you would like to join us for the Saturday evening dinner and concert or for Sunday lunch.
We hope that trade stands will be there as usual. Free car parking opposite the Great Hall.
Come for the Weekend
Enjoy the weekend by staying on site. Arrive Friday evening and join us for a barbeque and social evening including ad hoc ringing, a quiz and anything else we can think of! Exeter University has offered us excellent accommodation (all rooms have double beds so nonringers are welcome to bring a partner) in a modern building about 500 metres from the main centre of activity. Transport will be provided for those unable to walk.
Come for Longer
Those staying for the weekend are welcome to extend their visit after the rally to spend time exploring Exeter, nearby Dartmoor or the Devon coast. You can stay on at Exeter university for the special rate of just £10 per person per night bed and breakfast!
For full details including outline programme, accommodation options and prices download our brochure
Golden Anniversary Composition Competition
Competition for an Original Handbell Composition and a ‘Golden Oldie’ Arrangement
As part of HRGB’s Golden Anniversary celebrations in 2017, we are seeking a new composition and a new arrangement of a ‘Golden Oldie’; each competition will have a first prize of £500 and a second prize of £250. The first of these is open to all composers; the second to HRGB members only.
Download the specifications here
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