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Ruth Greer Handbell Choir
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Beauty resounds often at FPCR, thanks to the musical talents and commitment of the Ruth Greer Handbell Choir (RGHC). Through the generous support and gifts of many members of the congregation, RGHC is blessed to ring six octaves of Malmark handbells and six octaves of Malmark choirchimes.

Rehearsals are Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15pm (September thru May). All youth and adults with music-reading experience are invited to participate

Those who want just a sampling of what it's like to ring handbells can join us for one of the short-term classes offered periodically throughout the year.

RGHC Concert celebrating 30 years under Becky Lormor's leadership

November 11, 2018

2016 Summer Handbell Camp Report
by Becky Lormor

A diverse group of elementary students and adults attended FPCR’s 2016 Handbell Music Camp in August,  including folks from our Taiwanese nesting congregation (TPCD), children and a parent from First Friday, a music director from a neighbor church, a member of our FPC Chamber Ensemble, and an FPC worship visitor from Turkey.

Over the course of five evenings, these musicians, from beginners to pros, filled our Commons with ringing; shared fellowship over supper; and competed in games such as Handbell Baseball, Whole Note Ring Toss, MUSIC Bingo, and Rhythm Sudoku! Along with learning or reviewing basic musical vocabulary, the campers absorbed an array of handbell-specific concepts, including ring; damp; let vibrate; shake; martellato; 4-in-hand; and more…. If that’s all “Greek” to you, I invite you to attend our next handbell class OR contact me about forming a beginner handbell choir at FPC.

Wednesday’s camp featured a solo ringing performance by veteran RGHC-ringer Brenda Swindle, accompanied by Michele Sargent. Seeing and hearing Brenda ring three octaves of bells alone, beautifully, gave campers an aspirational goal. At camp’s end on Thursday, the ringers demonstrated their new musical talents in the Sanctuary, beginning with a memorized processional, continuing through etudes and examples of techniques and musicianship, and concluding with Margaret Tucker’s Bell Chime.

I am extremely grateful to each of the campers for participating, and my sincere appreciation goes to ten generous FPCR volunteers, who served in myriad ways to help camp succeed.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2015 Handbell Camp Finale

Last Published: November 12, 2018 10:22 AM