Handbell Festival

by Emily Baird on November 22, 2009 at 8:55 am

Six local church bell choirs are joining forces to produce a wide range of musical entertainment for the community.

It’s the 20th year for the Zanesville Handbell Festival.

"We very thoroughly enjoy playing with everybody else. We like having the guest conductors. We learn so much from the clinicians about how to play bells and the different kinds of things we can do. It’s just a great opportunity to get together and make some music, " says New Concord United Methodist Handbell Director, Nancy Moffitt.

The musical arraingements ranged from classic pieces to even some Christmas tunes.

"The clarity of the tones are just beautiful, " says Coburn United Methodist Hanbell Director, Connie Driggs.

But playing handbells may not be as easy as you might think.

"Instead of reading a line of music, like you would if you’re playing another instrument. You’re looking for specific notes. You’re playing specific notes. So, you really have to play as an ensemble. Keep track of where you are and what’s going on, " says Moffitt.

Moffitt and Driggs say most churches in the area have handbell choirs because of their popularity. Performers tonight ranged in age from teenagers up through senior citizens.