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May 11, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Announcing PHE’s third annual handbell workshop for the individual ringer.

Building on the success of our past workshops, the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble will be hosting its third annual Spring PHE-ver Handbell Workshop. This year, we are presenting the workshop in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. This workshop is designed for those of you who are handbell ringers looking to improve your ringing skills. You will have the opportunity to take three classes taught by members of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, a local auditioned community group.

The workshop is not an event for massed ringing or an event where you need to prepare any music in advance. This workshop is designed to improve ringing skills for the individual ringer.

But wait – there’s more. At the end of the workshop, PHE will perform a few selections from its Spring 2019 concert program.


9:15 – 9:30   Registration
9:30 – 9:40     Welcome and Orientation
9:45 – 10:35     Class Session 1
10:45 – 11:35     Class Session 2
11:45 – 12:30    Lunch
12:40 – 1:30     Class Session 3
1:30 – 2:00    Wrap-Up / PHE performance of selections from our spring concert program

What to Bring

Gloves – that’s it! All bells, tables, foam, equipment, music, mallets and chimes will be provided for you.


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The registration price is $15 per ringer.



REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 29, 2019. Space is limited, so register early! We will not be able to exceed maximum capacity.

Special Note: Each ringer will need to register individually, even if a director is bringing several members of the choir



Intended for the newer ringer

  • Basic Ringing and Music Reading – This class will cover how to hold bells and chimes with proper ringing technique – both to avoid fatigue and to promote musicality; how to damp the sound; timing and how to coordinate with neighboring ringers. Participants will learn how to read what’s on the page – recognition of notes and rests; pitches and key signatures and accidentals; meters; and those pesky Italian words indicating a change in dynamics or a change in tempo.
  • How Do I Count That? – This class will provide instruction on the distinction between rhythm, tempo and meter. Participants will learn essential rhythms and an introduction to syncopation and dotted rhythms, all in various simple meters and compound meters.
  • Bell Changes and Weaving Basics – If you think bell changes and weaving are some sort of great mystery, then this class is for you. This class will demystify the handling of chromatic sequences without getting your arms hopelessly tangled.
  • Treble 4-In-Hand Basics – This class will teach how to hold two bells in each hand, how to pick up and drop extra bells while ringing, and how to execute individual bell and combined bell strikes

Intended for the experienced ringer

  • Bell Weaving for Beautiful Effect – This class will improve your weaving of chromatic sequences and your weaving of changeovers between handbells and handchimes and mallets while maintaining musicality and presenting visual artistry.
  • Advanced Treble Techniques – This class will cover Six-In-Hand, enharmonic switching left-right, and suspended mallets with lots of bells.
  • Complex Rhythms – This class will delve deeper into the world of rhythm: exploring unusual meters, polyrhythms, 3-against-2, and duplets in 6/8 or 9/8 meters.
  • Introduction to Small Ensemble Ringing – This class will provide first steps in learning small ensemble ringing techniques. Pre-requisite is ability to ring 4-In-Hand.

Intended for all experience levels

  • Musicianship with Mallets – This class will cover the proper striking technique for mallets; making the sound beautiful; and execution of accents.
  • Pluck, Sing, Mart, Swing, Echo, Lift, and More – This class provides an overview of Martellato, Mart-Lift, Plucks, Mallets, Suspended Mallets, Table Echo, Tower Swings, Singing Bell, and so forth, with emphasis on proper execution.
  • Bell Maintenance – This class will help you in the general care of your instrument, use of basic tools, handbells and chimes, and will cover both Schulmerich and Malmark.


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May 11, 2019
9:30 am - 2:00 pm


Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
625 Montgomery Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 United States
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