The Alton Handbell Ringers were asked to introduce handbells to the children at Hollinsclough Primary Academy back in December 2018.
We were delighted to agree, and a project was devised which would consist of the whole school accessing 10 hours of tuition.
The first group consisted of the youngest children (including the Nursery aged children), who learned to play small colour coded bells. They were very good, learning about rhythm, tone and musical notation. We played simple tunes and chords.
The older children played two sets of belleplates, and read harder notation which involved counting and numbers…much as the AHR Handbell Team do.
Both groups achieved a lot, working hard and with enthusiasm.
We aimed towards the presentation of an Easter Service at Longnor Church, when children from the school in Longnor, parents and other villagers came to listen to the final production.
There was also one occasion when a...