Benefit Concert for Homeward Bound
The Blue Ridge Ringers, an auditioned community handbell choir, will present a benefit concert for Homeward Bound of WNC on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 pm in our sanctuary. The concert will include sacred and secular music using five octaves of handbells and handchimes, as well as flute, clarinet, and percussion.
The Blue Ridge Ringers is a community handbell group in Henderson County, organized in September 1995. This sort of group had been a dream of some local handbell ringers for some time and it was discussed for two years before to moving ahead, motivated by an inspiring performance by the Raleigh Ringers. Auditions were held at the First United Methodist Church in September and the first performance was there in December 1995. Our goals are to provide an opportunity for experienced handbell enthusiasts to ring with others of similar interests and skill; to experience, learn, and ring a wide variety of music of increasing difficulty; to introduce and promote handbells and the art of handbell ringing to those unfamiliar with this instrument; to educate others through performance of handbell music; and to encourage appreciation of and interest in handbell music.