The hand bell ringers have had a busy spring season, with three small concerts using the 2 octave set of bells. As these events often take place during the working day we are very lucky to find at least eight members able to give their time to perform.
Firstly, made a return visit to Crossflatts Over 50’s Club at St Aiden’s Court at the beginning of March. It is always nice to be asked back to a venue, and Crossflatts is a regular engagement for us now.Then a visit to Aire Valley Court on St Patrick’s Day, this was a new venue for us and we were very well received by a large group of residents who were in good voice, and joined the sing along to some of our tunes, appropriately including Oh Danny Boy…..! This was followed by refreshments and a chance for the audience to have a go on the bells.
Finally, another new venue on 4th April when we visited Riddlesden Rest Home and entertained the residents and staff. This was the first performance for Hilary, our most recent recruit. No doubt she was nervous, but it didn’t show and she rang very well after just a handful of practice sessions with us.
Looking ahead we are now preparing for two Handbell Ringers of Great Britain events, at Grassington in May, and Headingley in June. HRGB is 50 years old in 2017 so some special pieces of music have been written for the occasion, we will now concentrate on these pieces at our practice sessions and hopefully perform them later in the year.
As always if anyone is interested in joining the team please contact me for further information.