Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2017 01 March, 2017
recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist
I Love to Tell the Story arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Patricia Hurlbutt’s meditative arrangement of the well-known hymn provides the perfect backdrop to a quiet moment in worship. Occasional and unexpected chromatic notes add a lively harmonic interest, and the melody gets passed through all registers, giving every ringer a chance to partake. This well-crafted arrangement is sure to leave your listeners wanting more.
A Gospel Hymn Ring arr. Tammy Waldrop
This rousing medley was written to give the effect of a Sunday night gospel hymn sing, complete with a few country or bluegrass pickers in the group! The use of stopped techniques enhances the energetic mood of the piece.
There Shall Be Showers of Blessings arr. Dan R. Edwards
Celebrate the “Showers of Blessings” with this joyful piece that invokes the bygone era of the Southern gospel. This spritely arrangement will put a smile on every listener’s face, and the active bass accompaniment, which is malleted throughout, will be a favorite of any bass bell ringer.
Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether arr. Sondra Tucker
This beloved choral anthem is now scored for handbells. Sondra Tucker’s setting is faithful to the original and may be played with the choral score, or by handbells alone. Breathtaking!
Come, Christians, Join to Sing arr. Linda R. Lamb
Encourage ringers to reflect the hymn lyrics, Loud Praise to Christ the King, as they ring this energetic arrangement of Come, Christians, Join to Sing. The many handbell techniques used will make it fun to ring, and will also make it a great piece for teaching techniques to developing ringers. Published in compatible editions for 2-3 and 3-5 octaves, it will be a great choice for festivals and other massed ringing events.
A Shepherd’s Love arr. Karen Lakey Buckwalter
This prayerful setting of two well-loved hymn tunes is a beautiful pairing of handbells and piano. The majority of the handbell part consists of quarter and half notes, while the piano provides an arpeggiated eighth note undercurrent. A perfect opportunity for beginning and intermediate handbell ensembles to shine in worship!
Softly and Tenderly arr. Dan R. Edwards
Dan Edwards crafted this sensitive arrangement of “Softly and Tenderly” just for the three-octave choir. Both the treble and lower battery bells will shine through on their turn with the melody. You’ll want to keep this piece close whenever you accompany a meditation or other quiet moments in your services.
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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.