History of Capital Ringers
On April 25, 2004, Artistic Director Linda Simms met with local church handbell ringers in Kent County, Delaware, to determine if there was interest in establishing a community handbell ensemble committed to performing challenging sacred and secular music. Soon thereafter, Capital Ringers, an ensemble of handbell and handchime ringers, was formed.
Capital Ringers Inc. established a non-profit (tax-exempt) IRS 501(c)(3) status in 2005.
Initially, Capital Ringers borrowed equipment from a local church, until 2007 when the group began acquiring its own bells and chimes.
Capital Ringers currently owns the largest set of handbells and handchimes on the Delmarva Peninsula. The ensemble performs on 6 octaves (73 bells) of handbells, 5 octaves (61 bells) of Whitechapel Handbells (made in London, England), and 5-1/2 octaves (67 chimes) of handchimes.