The Illinois Great Rivers Conference Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts will hold its 25th annual handbell festival Feb. 23 at the First United Methodist Church, Springfield.
This all-day event is open to handbell choirs and/or individual ringers from throughout the Midwest. Registration deadline is Jan. 23. The festival is an opportunity to learn handbell technique, read handbell repertorie and have fun. There is no music to prepare or buy before the event.
The festival will be held in the gymnasium of the church. Registrants will not have to move their equipment from room to room. Christine D. Anderson will teach the classes. The first class period in the morning will focus on technique ringing. The second morning class will be a repertoire reading session. After lunch, registrants will gather for a mass ringing session.
Anderson, internationally acclaimed handbell soloist, clinician, and composer, is the festival’s clinician. She is a sales representative for Malmark handbells, serves as handbell editor for Lifeway Church Resources, conducts handbell festivals and conferences across the nation, and gives concerts throughout the world. In 1984, she founded, and still rings in, the Medallion Ringers, a professional four-in-hand handbell quartet which actively tours the United States and other countries.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. Ringing starts at 9 a.m. and continues with a break for lunch until 3 p.m. Registration costs $35 per ringer for churches with a Fellowship member and $40 per ringer for churches without a Fellowship number. A light continental breakfast and lunch are included in this fee.
Registration must be postmarked (with payment) on or before Jan. 23 to avoid the $10 per-ringer late fee. After Jan. 23, registrations are non-refundable. However substitutions with the same bell assignment can be made.