Every Friday morning this group practises their Handbell Ringing skills
Meets: Every Friday at Colman Redland Centre, Croydon Road, Reigate
Time: Session 1 from 9:30am -10:55, Session 2 from 11:05 -12:30pm
See one of our practise sessions Here
The R&R U3A Handbell Group was formed at the beginning of 2016, and has developed into an extremely enthusiastic, friendly and moderately-competent team – now of 16 ringers.
Its repertoire consists mainly of well-known popular, classical or folk tunes, which are played on 1½ octaves (12 English bells + accidentals) – but hopes to expand in both musical range and number of ringers required, progressively over time.
Vacancies occur occasionally (please enquire initially of the U3A Groups Co-ordinator). No previous Handbell experience is expected, but ability to read music (however elementarily) is necessary, as is attendance as regularly as possible – as is obviously needed for team effort. There is a termly charge, to cover purchases and room hire.
Willing Group members perform “away” on occasions, mainly in care homes, and/or to local clubs supporting elderly and/or disadvantaged people. At these, the audience is usually offered the opportunity to “have a go”, using small, coloured (but perfectly-tuned) bells. These outings have proved most worthwhile and hugely enjoyable for all participants.
Should the Group find itself at any rehearsal with extra people, it is fortunate to have use of a set of loaned ‘Belleplates’, with which to “double-up” with one or more regular ringers.
The Group enjoys membership of “Handbell Ringers of Great Britain” (HRGB), SE Region, which stages an annual Bell Orchestra concert every May, nearby at Harlequin, Redhill.
Persons interested in Handbells but without adequate musical knowledge should look under “Handbells Workshop” for information about occasional opportunities for Beginners.