Ever daring, in August 2020, our intrepid band met in person for the first time since lockdown to try our new set of 16 hand chimes.
Ann Butterworth had arranged for us to be allowed to ring in the RBLI Memorial Garden bandstand where we could be socially distanced and in the open air, making it easier to observe all the hygiene equirements.
Handchimes can be played in a similar fashion to handbells but produce a quieter and more mellow sound. They are a bit easier to handle in some ways, are cheaper and more robust and will add variety to our performances. If you have not seen handchimes in action, this link will show you an excellent Hong Kong band performing a musical setting of the Lord’s Prayer. They have more ringers than we do and a much greater range of instruments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wqa3xlH4sk
After more than five months without practising, and with unfamiliar instruments, the outcome was uncertain, but we surprised ourselves by playing well and we had a great time too, especially aided by Aline’s prosecco jellies.
We are always keen to welcome new ringers so were pleased to be joined by Pam on this occasion.
We hope it will not be too long before we are able to resume our weekly practices (Monday evenings in the Brassey Centre) and we are keen to welcome new members of any age. You do not need to be able to read music to be able to join the band, and our experience is that new ringers soon become able to ring successfully. We enjoy working together to improve and extend our range, but the emphasis is on “enjoy”. If you are interested, please contact Gordon Hunt (01622 769634).