Hooray for Handbells! 4-5pm

SMSG Belleplate and handbell ringers

SMSG Belleplate and handbell ringers

It has become our custom over the last few years to present an afternoon Handbell Concert during StonyLive week.  We also like to involve any young school bellringers too, so 4pm seems the perfect time to get together.

Today 11 members of the SMSG Church Handbell Ringers entertained with tunes such as Nellie the Elephant, Iona Boat Song and the Can-Can. Four of the SMSG School North Site Handbell Team, formed only on Monday of this week, were able to come to this event. Four of the newly introduced Belleplate Team from SMSG School South Site were making a return visit after their debut appearance in May's TT@TT.

The two teams rang together for the first time today and gave wonderful performances of 'All that I am' and 'Scarlet Ribbons', much to the delight of the adult Ringers and audience.

Mr Salter leading the Belleplate and Handbell ringers

Mr Salter leading the Belleplate and Handbell ringers

All three teams then played 'Peal of Bells' together - another unrehearsed venture!

Later on members of the audience were encouraged to come and 'have a go'.  Many did and gave an impromptu rendition of 'Old MacDonald had a farm'.  This just proved that within a couple of minutes any group of people can make music together with the briefest of instruction.

Hooray for Handbells!

Tea Time with SMSG Church Band 5.15 - 6.15pm

The fifteen minute interval between the two concerts allowed time to get a drink and have some teatime food.  Many thanks once again to our regular servers Fiona, Gill and Jean.

SMSG Belleplates and Handbells

SMSG Belleplates and Handbells

We got underway with 'Strike up the Band' and then as many tunes as possible featured food, however tenuously - 'Tea for Two', 'Food,  Glorious Food', 'Mary Poppins Medley'.  The rest of the programme was filled with pieces we like but haven't played for a long time, like 'Seventy-Six Trombones' and 'Dry Bones'.  The audience was most enthusiastic and supportive, which is always encouraging to all of our players.

We are delighted that our church features so frequently in the StonyLive programme and to welcome so many visitors to our concerts.

Across both concerts 79 people came to make and enjoy music, 34 of the under 15 years of age.  £56.90 was generously donated to our Organ Fund.

Encouraging audience

Encouraging audience

SMSG band sets up

SMSG band sets up