Handbells for Christmas (2022)


This is the season that calls out for handbells. Here are some wonderful performances.

Carol of the Bells, Bethel University Handbell Ensemble:

Marche from the Nutcracker Suite, Raleigh Ringers:

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Daejeon Handbell Choir, South Korea:

Silent Night, Andrea Feist:

A Christmas Medley (Hark, the Herald Angels; The First Noel; Away in a Manger; Angels from the Realms of Glory; What Child Is This; O Come All Ye Faithful; all played by a soloist identified only as Mary; also, Good King Wenceslas occurs in the piano accompaniment):

Hallelujah Chorus, Forté Handbell Quartet:

Coventry Carol,  done on handchimes:

Sing We Now of Christmas Played by the Resounding Ringers:

Glory performed by The RingNYC:

Remember the Angels played by Bells Angels. This piece was written in memory of the victims of 9/11:

A Christmas handbell and orchestra concert from South Korea. This is over half an hour long but so good; if you can’t listen to it all now, do yourself a favor and be sure to come back to it:

A Ballade on Auld Lang Syne:

Tonight I’ll be playing handbells at one of my church’s Christmas Eve services.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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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