I Need a Handbell Fix


It’s been five-and-a-half months since Ringing Praise, my church’s handbell choir, has met. I miss my fellow ringers (though we’ve kept up an active text chain), and also the ethereal timbre of our instruments. Join me as I listen to some wonderful handbell performances.

You might enjoy watching these fullscreen (click on the little broken square on the lower right corner of each video).

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble:

Bohemian Rhapsody:

I am jealous of this group’s bass bells. Dancing Queen:


Here’s what happened when the Handbell Musicians of American had their 2020 Symposium online in July:

Let It Go played on handchimes:

Blessed Assurance:

Flight of the Bumblebee:


Lion King medley:

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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  1. I love handbells too, though every time I try to get the group going at church, it seems to be a struggle to get enough committed bodies to do more than eek out a song in time for Christmas. I would LOVE to get to play in a group again!

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  2. Simply gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing, dear Andrea…hope you find a way to soothe your need for musical expression, blessings and love to you! *willows in mist**glittering wings**children dancing*

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  3. I’ve listened to three of these so far and am enjoying them. Peaceful and relaxing. I enjoy handbells. I’m currently in a church choir. I did sign up to be in a handbell choir once, but the idea disbanded almost as soon as it started. Our church does invite a nearby school to give a concert with their choir, singing groups and handbell choir.

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      • Yes, we also had a cantata that was cancelled. It’s a strange and sad story about the handbells. A woman donated them and was offering to lead a choir but then got offended, took back her gift and left. This was at a former church, not the one I attend currently. I’ve seen some choirs put together music virtually on Youtube while social distancing, but it would be hard to perform an entire cantata that way!

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