What is the Great Christmas Ring?
The Great Christmas Ring is a massed ringing event for English Handbells and Handchimes held in December in public venues throughout the world. Groups of musicians, each ringing two natural bells or chimes in a 3 octave range, perform a selection of Holiday favorites for a public audience. Audience admission is FREE. The purpose of the event is to unite handbell musicians and bring the joy and quality of handbell ringing and music to the general public in a festive and fun atmosphere.
What do you play at the Great Christmas Ring?
The music performed at The Great Christmas Ring is arranged by P.Wayne, and was written especially for the event. Bell ringers perform with no tables, pads or mallets, and all the arrangements are in the key of 'C' and require 3 octaves of natural bells C4 to C7.
Handbells are one of the few instruments that are commonly rung as part of massed choirs and are especially suited for group ringing events. Participation in The Great Christmas Ring however, is open to individual ringers as well as entire handbell choirs or ensembles.
Sounds Cool. How do I get involved?
If you are interested in performing in The Great Christmas Ring, being a coordinator for The Great Christmas Ring, or finding The Great Christmas Ring in you area, please follow the navigation links or feel free to contact us for more information. It's a Mammoth Good Time!