Handbell Choir

handbell choir or ensemble (in the United States) or handbell team (in England) is a group that rings recognizable music with melodies and harmony.

The first tuned handbells were developed by brothers Robert and William Cor in  AldbourneWiltshire, England, between 1696 and 1724. [1] The Cor brothers originally made  latten bells for  hame boxes, [2] but for reasons unknown, they began tuning their bells more finely to have an accurate fundamental tone, and fitted them with hinged clappers that moved only in one plane. [1]A foundry in  Loughborough, Leicestershire, that originated in the 14th century became  John Taylor & Co in 1784

Here at the First Presbyterian Church, our Handbell Choir plays several times throughout the year.  Under the guidance and instruction of our Handbell Choir Director Diane Johnston, we enjoy the melodies that the choir perform for us.

We currently have 9 ringers. Don’t let the lack of reading music deter you from being in the Bell Choir. Reading music is not a requirement. We welcome anyone who is interested in joining our group to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Any members interested in joining this or any of our many groups, committees, etc, please email the church office at office@firstpresbyirwin.org.