Some handbell teams or ringers may perform at concerts, for corporate events, in church, at hotels, at fetes and fairs, in shopping centres – the list is endless.
Things to consider:
- Handbells are a more effective instrument INDOORS than out.
- The SPACE you have available for a group to perform. A solo ringer might need just six feet of space for a table on which to play; small/medium groups of six to ten ringers may require twelve to twenty-four feet; a large group of sixteen or more players may need thirty-six feet of table space, often not in a straight line.
- LIGHTING is important too.
- PARKING/UNLOADING/LOADING - is there reasonable and easy access for ringers and all their equipment - preferably with few steps or stairs?
- PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE - will your insurance cover visitors, or does the team need its own insurance?
- FEES/EXPENSES - these are negotiable with the team. Some teams are used to taking bookings and will have their own form and a set fee; others may be more informal and will open to discussion about payment, especially if the event is raising money for a good cause.
- Is the venue licensed with PRS for Live Music?
- Book WELL IN ADVANCE to avoid disappointment - especially leading up to Christmas - but...
- ...REMEMBER - handbells are not just for Christmas! Teams perform all year round and are often booked up months in advance for seasonal entertainments