If you would like to try handbells but don’t yet have the experience and skill level of the Capital Ringers, Bay to Bay Ringers welcomes you.
The beginner-intermediate group of ringers is oriented toward techniques and skills more than performance, says Director Judy Moore. While it always helps to have some musical training, it’s not required.
“As a director, I really like the challenge of the different levels of ability,” she said. “It’s just such a joy to come together on a piece that we have been working very hard on.”
Judy has a master’s degree in conducting, has taught in schools and churches, and played and directed handbells for 40 years. “‘I love to see the lightbulbs turn on! It happens when someone accomplishes a new task, or discovers a challenge on the music score, or something just sounds great and everyone gives a huge smile!”
The Bay to Bay Ringers are practicing from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at Conley’s United Methodist Church, 33106 Jolyns Way, off Delaware 24 west of Lewes.
Mimi Dupont is a Bay to Bay member with limited musical training.
“I am simply transported by the sound of bells. As a kid, I sought out my aunt’s music boxes every chance I got,” she recalled. “Maybe five years ago I started playing handbells and handchimes at my church. Then I heard a Capital Ringers concert. Wow! I was blown away at the level of expertise, at the professionalism and the musicality, at the way I felt as I listened, at the joy I felt!
“It’s so much fun! I recommend Bay 2 Bay to anyone interested in learning to play handbells — as long as you’re willing to do your homework!”
Anyone interested in knowing more about Bay to Bay Ringers can contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.