Crown City Ringers Present its Annual Holiday Handbell Concert "Merry & Bright"

Published : Monday, November 13, 2017 | 12:57 AM

Crown City Ringers will present it’a annual Holiday Handbell concert “Merry & Bright” for the Los Angeles and Pasadena communities on Friday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado St., Pasadena. The concert, under the direction of F. Thomas Simpson, includes the ringing of well-known carols and familiar Holiday songs rung by Professional and Handbell Hobbyists, and will feature six and 1/2 octaves of handbells, five octaves of chimes, plus two of the worlds largest Handbell – the G2, and Bb2 all in cast Aluminum! Admission is free – Suggested donation: Student and Seniors, $10, Adults $12, Families $20.

Brothers Robert and William Cor of Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, developed the first tuned handbells between 1696 and 1724. Originally used by change ringers (who rang a set of tuned bells in a series of mathematical patterns called “changes”) to rehearse outside their towers, the handbell sets had the same number of bells as did the towers (usually six to twelve handbells tuned to a diatonic scale).

Margaret Shurcliff brought the first handbells from England to the United States in 1902. She was presented a set of ten handbells in London by Arthur Hughes, the general manager of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, after completing two separate two-and-one-half-hour change ringing peals in one day.

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of Student and Seniors, $10, Adults $12, Families $20. For more information, please contact F. Thomas Simpson at, call (609) 789-3390 or visit







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