Our Music

Alton Handbell Ringers at Milton, 2016
Alton Handbell Ringers at Milton, 2016
Alton Handbell Ringers at Rudyard
The full team with plenty of space at Rudyard.
Alton Handbell Ringers at St Giles, Croxden, 2019
The full team with an unusual table arrangement at St Giles, Croxden for Christmas 2019
Bellissima CD cover
Ding Dong Merrily CD cover
Ding Dong Merrily

We play a wide selection of music including light classical, songs from shows, folk songs and Christmas music. We also play music composed specially for handbells which makes use of the different ways the bells can be played as well as the hand chimes.

Click on the text below to take you to videos of some of our performances:

Prelude on Thaxted, arranged by Michael Helman

Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins, arranged by Betty B Garee

Berceuse from the "Dolly Suite", arranged by Robin Benton

and a medley for Christmas

Christmas Chimes, arranged by Dennis Robert

CD recordings

We have produced two CDs. In 2017 we were pleased to share with the Inn Ringers in a joint CD, Bellissima, which celebrated our 25th anniversary and the Inn Ringer's 40th. We played eight tracks:

  1. Celebration - an original composition for handbells.
  2. Meditation on "Blaenwern"
  3. You Raise Me Up
  4. Like a River Glorious
  5. Blessed Assurance
  6. Finlandia
  7. Prelude on Thaxted
  8. Over the Rainbow

In 2019 we recorded our own CD of Christmas music called Ding Dong Merrily. This has a mix of full team 3 and 4 octave music as well as the smaller group 12 bell music. The pieces are:

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Angels We Have Heard On High
  3. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
  4. Silent Night
  5. Joy To The World
  6. Ding Dong Merrily On High
  7. Frosty The Snowman
  8. The Holly And The Ivy
  9. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  10. Away In A Manger
  11. See Amid The Winter’s Snow
  12. West Indies Carol
  13. Carol Of The Bells
  14. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
  15. Jingle Bells
  16. O Holy Night
  17. Good King Wenceslas
  18. White Christmas
  19. Deck The Halls
  20. We Wish You A Merry Christmas