Westminster’s English handbell choir rehearses Thursday evenings
from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Patio Room.
The Westminster Ringers perform during Sunday worship services
and for outside groups from September through June. The art of
English handbell ringing is carried on with a five-octave set of
Whitechapel handbells and a three-octave set of hand chimes. This
unique tradition is an excellent introduction to playing in a
musical ensemble. Handbell ringing is a unique musical art that
has grown in popularity worldwide. The choir is comprised of
players each ringing a handful of bells combining to play several
octaves of notes.
Westminster’s set of Whitechapel bells were recently extensively
refurbished back at their home in England. Information about
Whitechapel handbells can be found at the Whitechapel Foundry
website. General information about handbells can be
found at the Handbell
Musicians of America website.