|Bells in the lower octaves waiting to be rung at the Studley Chapel service.|
Sunday was a busy day. We played some carols in Studley Chapel, with the congregation singing along as best they could. It is not easy pitching a tune to handbells, but our voices won the day. Take a close look at the marked up music. I play three bells, A Bb and B, and each note I must play is ringed with a colour. I can read music, but it is easy to follow even if you cannot, which means that anyone with a sense of rythmn can ring handbells, you just need to be able to count the beats in a bar. We have a set of bells that covers four octaves, and at the moment nine of us play. With at least three bells each, sometimes page turning and juggling the bells induces a mild panic!
|More than an octave of middle range bells.|
|Studley's tiny Wesleyan Chapel dated 1855 with its fine beaded, arched windows.|
At 5.30pm we met again in Potterne Church to play a selection of music for the congregation as they arrived for the evening Carol Service. The photo below shows the higher sounding small bells, so many that each play must play four at a time. It is quite an art lacing the bells together and ringing each one in a diffent direction to produce the sounds. I'm a beginner, so I have an easier task with only three bells to ring, but I hope to progress. Handbell ringing was one of the activities on my "Must do before I leave the planet" list. I am so pleased to be a member of this very friendly group of ringers.
|The small bells that ring the higher notes, waiting to be played in Potterne Church|
|Potterne's medieval church up on its hill|