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.
1st Singapore Handbell Festival
BBC Music - Get Playing
The Exeter Children's and Youth Orchestras shall play this piece in connaught Gardens, Sidmouth (date to be confirmed) under the baton of Robert Willis. Please bring bells, music, and stands (2 octave version recommended) and join in beside the bandstand if you can.
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
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
AN INVITATION FROM CANADA TO THE WORLD!
In July 2016, hundreds of handbell musicians from around the world will travel to beautiful Vancouver, Canada for the 17th International Handbell Symposium. We want you to be among them!
OUR LOCATION Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a prime tourist destination for people the world over. It is superbly situated for travel from Pacific Rim countries as well as easily accessible to all North American ringers. British Columbia also has strong ties to its British and European forebears. We look forward to welcoming handbell musicians from all around the world to this “Jewel on the Pacific” that has so much to off er. Our venue is the Vancouver Convention Centre. Surrounded by the mountains and located on the waterfront at Canada Place in the heart of beautiful downtown Vancouver, the VCC (www.vancouverconventioncentre.com) is an award-winning facility. It opened in July 1987 originally serving as the Canada Pavilion at Expo ‘86. Since its inception, the facility has demonstrated a constant commitment to service excellence, technical capabilities, and creative, highquality banqueting.
Ringing for Gold
Ringing for Gold is a hardback book about the Annals and development of handbell tune ringing From its birth in the mid 1500's
Written by Peter Fawcett (Edited by Philip Bedford)
“For thirty years my brother Don and I have produced and published hand bell music, mainly for the UK and the Australian markets. Some time ago we were approached and asked if we would edit and publish a book on the history of hand-bell ringing wrttern by Peter Fawcett, which he had been researching for 35 years. Normally Don and I only publish music, but when we read Peter’s manuscript we could not refuse. The book just has to be Published”
“Peter has written a most remarkable and readable historic account of the origins and development of tune ringing on hand bells. For example, in fascinating detail he portrays the traumas and celebrations of the great tune ringing contests held at Belle Vue, Manchester in the 1800s and early 1900s. (He even takes us for a ride on one of the special trains with the loyal supporters of one of the competing hand-bell bands.) He gives us what is probably the earliest written hand bell music – a tune (eminently playable) jotted down in a 1734 gentleman bell ringer’s diary. He has found the prestigious Mears Challenge Cup for which bands competed at the British Open Championships at Belle Vue, Manchester. He has found the original music from several of the ‘long set’ hand-bell bands of the 1800s, some dating from before 1855. He has found, and has arranged for them to be held in trust, many of the ‘long sets’ of 156 or more hand bells of those same bands. One of them, Clifton Hand-Bell Ringers, is ringing again, thanks to Peter, after a half-century’s rest.”
‘Ringing for Gold’ is a hard-backed, 350-page book with 150 historic photographs and illustrations. It will be published this summer at a price of £15 plus £1.65 postage (UK)
To Order, please visit our shop: http://hrgb.org.uk/shop