“A Walk in the Garden”

May 4, 2016

img_8764-crop-u1230-1The Crown City Ringers hold a spring handbell concert this Mother’s Day at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. It’s a family-friendly event and all mothers receive a complimentary bouquet.

Crown City Ringers is a community handbell choir with members from professional musicians to handbell hobbyists, all committed to bringing “the art of handbell ringing to the general population at large.”

A handbell performance, much to our surprise, does not consist solely of handbells. Choirchimes, cymbells, and percussion instruments—finger cymbals, triangles, tamborine and apparatuses such as tympani, mark tree, and bell tree—are included as well. CCR’s instruments come from Malmark Bellcraftsman in Pennsylvania.

Cymbells, CCR explains, make “single melody lines stand out from the ensemble.” Choirchimes are a new creation, invented in the early 1980s, and complement the hand bells. CCR is proud to play on “a privately owned, 6  1/2 octave set (G2-C9) of Malmark handbells.




Many techniques can be executed on hand bells. Ringers ring, strike bells onto padded tables, strike castings with mallets, play sustained pitches with wooden dowels, (and) swing bells behind their backs for a “doppler” effect. (





“A Walk in the Garden”: A Spring Handbell Concert
Sunday, May 8th, 4 p.m.
Pas. Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., 91101
Location: Gamble Lounge
Free event
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