Christmas Concerts in the Eastern USA

Handbell Concerts Around the USA.

If you are a fan of handbells and handbell choirs, or if would like to find out more about this beautiful musical instrument, then you may want to attend any in a realm of special events to be held in the eastern part of the United States this Christmas Holiday Season.

Some of the major handbell events are listed here for your traveling information. Handbells have gathered increasing respect and appreciation in the last decade, moving form the church choir loft into the symphonic symphony house. Christmas is a great time to travel and enjoy concerts of many kinds, including handbells, with your friends and families. Visit some of the following venues for lasting Christmas memories.

St. John’s Bells of Praise.
St. John’s United Methodist Church in Springfield. Virginia

St. John’s will present a concert for a fund-raising event on Sunday, December 17, in preparation for a musical mission trip to Taiwan at the end of 2006. This trip will spread the Gospel good news through music and promote handbell music throughout the nation of Taiwan. This is an exciting undertaking, so come and support this mission project and enjoy a tremendous concert at 4:30 p.m. at

St. John’s UMC
5312 Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22151

The Anacrusis Duet for Handbells and Harp presents a series of Pre-Concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the annual Boston Holiday Spectacular Concerts at

Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore, Maryland
Fri. Dec. 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 16th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 23rd at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The exciting Pre-Concerts start one hour before the regularly scheduled concert begins.

Alpha 4 handbell group of Gaithersburg, MD
Contact Pamela Ion at
Saturday, December 2, 2006: Urbana Library from 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 2006: First Saturday Gallery Walk in Frederick from 6:00-9:00 p.m. On the corner of Patrick and Market Street

Saturday, December 9, 2006: Alpha 4 Duo will perform at the Frederick Library between 2:30-4:30 p.m. for the Museums by Candlelight.
Friday, December 15, 2006: Alpha 4 Duo will perform at the Oral and Immunology Branch of the National Institutes of Health from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Other Alpha 4 handbell group dates for 2007 are the following:
Saturday, March 31, 2007: Alpha 4 will ring in the new museum season in Frederick at the Schifferstadt for Bell & History Day between 10:30 am & 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2007: Alpha 4 will continue to ring in the afternoon with patriotic selections at the C. Burr Artz Library.

Capital Ringers in the state of Delaware

Saturday, November 25- “Red Kettle Ring” for Salvation Army in Dover, Delaware.

There will be numerous handbell groups and choirs performing in the Kent County area to ring Christmas music at KMart for the Salvation Army from 10am-9pm. This whole day long event is organized by the Capital Ringers.

If you want to join in for an hour or two of ringing for this worthwhile humanitarian cause, please call 302.677.0187 for more information.

More Capital Ringers!

Saturday, December 2, 5:30-8:00
Dover Downs Hotel Lobby
Dover, Delaware

Friday, December 8, 6:30-9:00
Dover Downs Hotel Lobby
Dover, Delaware Chocolate Festival

Saturday, December 9, 5:30-8:00
Dover Downs Hotel Lobby
Dover, Delaware Chocolate Festival

Sunday, December 10, 1:00-3:30
Dover Downs Hotel Lobby
Dover, Delaware Chocolate Festival

Ring In Christmas! A Combined Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 17, 4:00pm
Christmas Concert at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
425 N. Dupont Hwy
Dover, Delaware
Capital Ringers, the Bells of St. Andrews, and the RAD Ringers in concert.
Suggested donation is $5 per person, $10 per family.2nd Annual Young

Young Musicians Workshop
Saturday, February 3, 8:30am -12 pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
425 N. Dupont Hwy
Dover, Delaware.

This is an exciting half day long workshop for musical instruction and special activities for children in grades 2 through 8. Participants will learn how to ring handbells and choirchimes, how to play Boomwhackers, and how to enjoy rhythm games and movement activities, plus a lot more. For more information call 677-0187. The very reasonable workshop fee is 25 dollars for each student. This wonderful event is sponsored by the Capital Ringers.

Virginia Handbell Consort group December concerts

Friday, December 1, 7:30 PM
Mary T. Christian Auditorium
Thomas Nelson Community College
99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, VA 23670

Sunday, December 3, 4:00 PM
Bayside Presbyterian Church
1400 Ewell Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Monday, December 4, 7:30 PM
Concert with the Virginia Wesleyan College Choir
A part of the VWC Concert Series
1584 Wesleyan Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Friday, December 8, 7:00 PM
Concert with the Fort Monroe TRADOC Band
Fort Monroe Theater
Hampton, VA

Saturday, December 9, 2:00 PM
Concert with the Fort Monroe TRADOC Band
Fort Monroe Theater
Hampton, VA

Saturday, December 9, 7:00 PM
Reformation Lutheran Church
13100 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23602

Sunday, December 10, 7:00 PM
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
6400 Newport Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23505

Saturday, December 16, 7:00 PM
Millfield Baptist Church
11225 Ivor Road
Ivor, VA 23866

Sunday, December 17, 5:00 PM
Old Donation Episcopal Church
4449 N. Witchduck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Sunday, December 31
First Night Williamsburg 2007!
Downtown Williamsburg, VA

Tapestry handbell group Christmas schedule

30 November: Magnolia Manor
Concert at 10:00 a.m.
Contact person Millie Dixon, work, 357-073
2101 John Ross
Smithfield, VA 2343

07 December: Province Place
Concert 10:00 a.m.
Contact person Laurie Perron, work, 686-9100
Bon Secours Way
Portsmouth, VA 23703

14 December: Nansemond Point Rehabilitation and Retirement Community
200 West Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Concert:10:30 a.m.
Contact person Tamika Hammond, work, 539-8744

18 December: Monumental UMC Noonday Concert Series
450 Dinwiddie Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Concert 12:00 noon
Charm Peterman 757-766-8658

Mitchell Ringers of St. Matthews UMC
Annandale, VA
Friday, Dec. 8th at 7:30

Chesapeake Bronze handbell group

A Christmas Concert
Sunday, Dec. 10th at 4:00 PM
Huntingtown United Methodist Church
Huntingtown, MD
Joyce Terry 301-855-2461

Virginia Bronze handbell group

Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00 PM
The Lyceum in Alexandria, VA

Friday, Dec. 29th at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM
The Mormon Temple Festival of Lights
Kensington, MD

Mitchell Ringers of St. Matthews, UMC, Annandale, VA
Friday, Dec. 8th at 7:30 PM
Market Square Christmas Tree in Alexandria, VA
Nancy Cappel 703-978-3500

Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 7:00 and 8:00 PM
Mormon Temple Visitors Center, Kensington, MD
Nancy Cappel 703-978-3500

Senior Singers Chorale of Arlington and
The Polymnia Bells of Arlington

Saturday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 PM
Westover Baptist Church of Arlington, VA
Melodie Feather 703-283-2604

Monday, Dec.11th at 6:00 PM
Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Melodie Feather 703-283-2604

Celebration & Jubilee Ringers of St. Matthews UMC, Annandale, VA

Sunday, Dec. 10th at 2:00 PM
Market Square Christmas Tree in Alexandria, VA
Nancy Cappel 703-978-3500

Handbell concerts in Raleigh, NC

Friday, December 1, 2006
8:00 pm Concert
Dunn Center
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Saturday, December 2, 2006
3:00 pm Concert
7:30 pm Concert
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Lenoir, North Carolina

Sunday, December 3, 2006
3:00 pm Concert
Carolina Theatre
Greensboro, North Carolina

Saturday, December 16, 2006
3:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 17, 2006
3:00 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall
Raleigh, North Carolina

Tickets for all events are available at the Progress Energy Center Box Office and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Early bird tickets are available for $10 directly through The Raleigh Ringers through December 1st.

Spring Festivals 2007
March 9-10, 2007
Ocean City, Maryland

April 20-21, 2007
Hampton, Virginia

Arnold Sherman will serve as Guest Conductor at both concerts and Zana Kizzee will be the Genesis Track Conductor.

Capital Area Young Ringers Festival
March 10, 2007
Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Guest Conductor will be Tim Waugh.

Follow the Star – arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson, CGB 450
Kolyada – Tim Waugh, Jeffers Junior High School 9196
Proclamation – Kevin McChesney Jeffers Junior High School 9044
This is My Father’s World – arranged by John Carter, Agape 1841

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