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On to Guildford

It’s in the nature of handbells that we rarely have time to enjoy the afterglow of a performance. We’re usually on to the next set of music pretty quickly after a concert. So I thought I’d get in with the after-concert post before we go on to the next engagement!

Thanks to everyone who came to the Golden Anniversary concert. We had (as was made clear at the concert!) distinguished guests from the handbell world, as well as members of Bill’s family and Thatcham VIPs. The sheer spread of people was a measure of how universally liked and respected Bill is. Bill’s successor will have a hard time to match Bill’s supportiveness, vision and diplomacy. Thanks, too, to Judith and the ladies of Lambourn Chimers for their work serving the vital refreshments, and to Richard Butler for compering.

Now we move on to the Guildford music. This is for the Handbell Festival Service at Guildford Cathedral – the biggest spectacle of our handbell year that’s open to the public. We’ll be joining with teams from all around the South-East to play in unison, accompanied by an organist and other instruments. The teams in their coloured uniforms playing to the direction of the conductor is a spectacular sight, and we all enjoy being able to co-operate to play music more difficult than we can manage alone.

The service is at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP on the 14th of November at 3pm.

 
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Posted by on 27 September, 2015 in Engagements

 

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Aside

The Barfield Handbell Ringers are one of the biggest handbell orchestras in the south-east of England. Our 16 members play 5½ octaves of bells, 3 octaves of handchimes and other instruments like Belleplates. We were founded in 1965 – you can see more of our history on a separate page.

Would you like to book Barfield for an event? Contact details are on the booking page.

Barfield Handbell Ringers

 
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Posted by on 19 September, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Thatcham Festival 2015

We’re pleased to be part of the Thatcham Festival again. Barfield have been involved with the Festival for some years now – indeed, some of us can remember when it was just an Arts Festival!

This year in addition to our informal workshop session a small team of us are playing in the Festival Finale. We’ll be joining musical acts and the prize-winning poetry from the competition. Come along and see Thatcham’s talent!

Full team workshop session: Monday 19th October, 7.30pm, at St Mary’s Church meeting room. No tickets needed, just drop in.

Festival Finale (small team): Friday 23rd October, 7.30pm, at St Mary’s Church. Free tickets from Picture It, 17 High Street, Thatcham.

 
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Posted by on 19 September, 2015 in Engagements

 

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Our next concert: 26th September 2015

Our Golden Anniversary concert will be on the 26th of September 2015, 3.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Thatcham.

This will be Bill’s last major concert as Musical Director. Half the music is significant pieces from Barfield’s history, and half is simply some of Bill’s favourite pieces.

Refreshments will be provided at the interval, and we’ll be happy for people to try the bells. Try your strength with the 32G, see the bells from our point of view, or find out how we play two bells in one hand!

Tickets cost £6 or £5 concession. Accompanied children are free. Tickets are available from Picture It, 17 High Street, Thatcham, or from Dianne Rogers our Secretary (email dianne@barfield.org.uk).

 
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Posted by on 19 September, 2015 in Engagements

 

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