You too can be a handbell ringer. Anyone of any age, can learn to play handbells. Both of our current choirs are community choirs meaning that there are no auditions and church affiliation is not important. A sense of rhythm and some musical experience are assets but not essential. Handbell ringing is very much a team endeavour so that dedication to the group is important. All handbell ringers have a lot of fun in the process of practicing and learning new techniques and derive much satisfaction from sharing the love of hand bell ringing with others. A prime objective is to build and strengthen a love of music. Come out to any practice and give hand bell ringing a try.
Active groups included the Alpha Ringers for young people, the Rothwell Ringers for adults, and an ad hoc Quartet. Individuals are encouraged to try solo / duet ringing and to provide accompaniment for anthems with the Rothwell choir.
Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
A minimum age of 9 is desirable for this group. Parents, guardians and other adults are encouraged to join in as a learning experience. A goal of the group is to stimulate interest and love of music. Confidence grows as they become part of a team. With confidence comes respect and appreciation for each other and ultimately the ability to produce pleasing music. Along the way basic music knowledge and handbell ringing techniques are taught.
Choir composition tends to change from spring to fall. The spring group, (January to June) focused on music that improves technique. This was evident in the successful presentations of two of the scores “Song of Sunrise” and “Rejoice Greatly” that they learned for the Sunday Club Graduation Service in June.
From September to December an enthusiastic group of seven prepared Christmas music for church services and other events.
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The program focuses on working through an eclectic collection of scores—some as challenges and some to learn or improve bell ringing techniques. This could be subtitled “having fun with hand bell music”. This past year, three selections of the resulting repertoire, “Scherzo and Festive March from the Third Suite for Hand bells”, “Christ the King” and “Fanfare and Reflection” were shared with the congregation during Sunday services in February, April and in May respectively.
For more information please contact LaVerne Palmer after church services or by emailing the church office.
Come and join this wonderful group of people who love to sing! CHOIR PRACTICES are on Thursdays at 7:30 P.M. Contact director Paul MacMillan for more information.
The choir is a group of people who enjoy singing and usually spend each Thursday evening from September to May at the church preparing anthems to sing on Sunday mornings. Paul MacMillan, has been a choir director for over 40 years and is a master at selecting songs that delight both the congregation and the choir.
Get togethers often follow special events such as the Cantata, Easter preparations and year-end. The dedicated group of musicians are always on hand to bring their musical talents to worship.