by Judy Brown
Member, Celebration Ringers
The annual spring handbell concert presented by the Celebration Ringers of Riderwood will be held on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Riderwood Chapel. The program, titled The Magic of the Musicals, will feature a broad spectrum of music from Broadway and Hollywood including songs by Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also included will be the perennial favorite solo performance by the choir’s intrepid director, Richard Redfield. Watching him snatch up bells and ring them with absolute precision is a high point in the concert.
Handbells were developed in England to be used by change ringers, so any bumpy practicing of complicated rhythms was away from the tower and not inflicted on the entire village. The Riderwood hand bell choir practices in the art room at Town Center on Wednesday nights and their door is open for interested listeners, bumpy practicing included.
The concert is free with a goodwill offering used to add music to the choir’s library. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this unique variety of musical performance.