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.
Sad News - Nigel Bullen (previously of Mayola Music)
Nigel Bullen passed away peacefully on the 29th of September 2014, aged 77. He lived in Clapham for almost fifty years, attending the Methodist Church where he had many great friends. He was Bedford Mayor's Officer for several years, ran his own business selling handbells and music from his home and was a founder member of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. He lived a diverse and interesting life. He was a magician and chartered electrical engineer. He was husband to Jill and, later, Janet and father to Clive and Ashleigh.
His funeral will be held at Clapham Methodist Church at 13:00 Wednesday 15th October 2014. All welcome.
Donations, if desired, for Clapham Methodist Church may be sent via Arnolds Funeral Service,48 Roff Avenue, Bedford. MK41 7TE Tel: 01234 359529
Come and ring 'em at Wymondham!
National Rally 2015
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 2015
Wymondham College is a State Boarding School located just off the A11 in Norfolk. It is situated in open countryside about 4 miles from the quaint market town of Wymondham
(pronounced wɪndəm) and 12 miles west of the city of Norwich.
The National Rally will begin on the evening of Friday 10th April 2015 and will conclude with lunch on Sunday 12th April. There will be ‘something for everyone’. Following the National AGM on Saturday morning, we will provide an interesting mixture of workshops, which will continue until Showtime when the masterclasses will perform. The day will conclude with Funtime and there will be a bar.
Your Sunday could begin with a service in the historic chapel (a Nissen hut from the War), or a session of Qigong, and then everyone will have the chance to ring in Rallytime.
Come as a team, bring your bells and practise a piece to play to a national audience. Team ringing will be interspersed with massed ringing to ensure that everyone has the chance to take part.
UK Bronze 2014
Come and spend another 4 days with
you are sure to have lots of fun and make some wonderful music.
This event is for advanced ringers who understand and can demonstrate a broad range of handbell techniques and ringing skills. You will have an opportunity to play challenging music on a large range of handbells and chimes during long rehearsal sessions and a final concert. Come and meet new and old friends and expect to push the musical boundaries. It will be hard work but so rewarding.
UK Bronze will be held, for the fifth time, in the HOLIDAY INN HOTEL in Sutton, Surrey from 29th October – 1st November 2014.
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 £38 plus £4.90 postage (UK)
To Order, please visit our shop: http://hrgb.org.uk/shop