Welcome to Handbell Ringers of Great Britain                         HRGB is a Registered Charity No: 298945 (England) SCO38918 (Scotland)

The aim of the Society, which was formed in 1967, is "To advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms"

We offer our members a wide range of activities and music designed to show the many aspects of handbell tune ringing.  We are a member of the National Federation of Music Societies (Making Music)


Handbell Ringing to Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee!

This year H.M.The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.  The Government has announced a long weekend of bank holidays and celebration activities from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5th June.  One of the activities will be the "Big Jubilee Lunch" on Sunday 5th June. 

The sound of bells, perhaps more than any other instrument, says "let's celebrate!" so HRGB is recommending that Handbell Groups all round the country should, if possible, ring in public to help mark the Jubilee.  We suggest that you might play in public if possible for 20 to 30 minutes between 11 am and 3 pm on Sunday 5th June, at a time that fits in with any other Jubilee celebration activities that are being arranged in your locality.  Please choose music that you know well, which will promote the celebratory mood.

Do let us know if you will take part and also try to publicise your event locally.  We will put information onto our website to show where handbell ringing is taking place during that weekend.  Some handbell events are already organised for that weekend so please let us know about those too and we will add information to the HRGB website.

If you have a recording of your team playing well, you might like to consider submitting it to The Big Platinum Performance!  I understand that seven of the best recordings from amateur music groups will be given to Her Majesty the Queen, to mark her Platinum Jubilee.  The closing date is 8th May and for more information, follow this link: https://bigplatinumperformance.classicfm.com/

Tim Willetts
National Chair

HRGB Members are invited to enter a competition for handbell photgraphs taken during the celebrations; New Moon Insurance are sponsoring a £100 and two £50 prizesFor more details

We'll be there - for details of teams participating

A National Rally is hosted by a different region each year. This may be either a one-day or a weekend event, which usually culminates in a concert by some of the participating teams. Residential ringing events (National Residential Ringing Week and UK Bronze) give an intense experience for established ringers.We are organised into eight regions giving access to a nationwide network of handbell ringers from all walks of life and of varying abilities. Each region holds rallies where teams have the chance to ring individually or to combine to ring the same piece of music in 'massed' ringing. Workshops are also organised in the regions for teams to try out other ringing methods or techniques.

HRGB a member of the International Handbell Committee and is one of eight countries to host the International Handbell Symposium which is held every two years giving members the chance to visit Japan, Korea, Australasia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and America to meet and ring with handbell teams from these and other countries.

Handbells are one of the world's oldest instruments yet the handbells used today are sophisticated precision instruments which produce a beautifully rich sound. And handbells are very much a visual instrument too as audiences enjoy the synchronised movement of the shining handbells.

Learn more about HRGB or Handbell ringing - or, better still, for just £1 per month, become a Member...

Handbell music examples below picture:
Air in D
(Bach arr William Mathis),
(Jimmy Webb, arr Hart Morris),
Bridge over Troubled Water
(Paul Simon, arr  Linda Lamb)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, arr Nicholas Hanson) 

all available at Handbell World

Picture: Lasting friendships being made in Vancouver, Canada