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The Bells of St. Paul's

The Bells of St. Paul’s will be back for a return engagement at The Perth Farmers' Market on September 30th at 10 AM to add a taste of the “ethereal” to the always bustling and delightful 'Saturday morning at the market'. Twelve ringers will not only be playing three-plus octaves of English handbells but also ringing the glorious new Chimes that were purchased this summer.

The choir has a history of many bell ringers and a number of directors. Over the years, the choir has performed in St. Paul’s and other churches, in retirement homes and at special events.
Ann McMahon has been our director for the past several years.
The Bells of St. Paul's ring 3 octaves of bells (Schulmerich) and recently have added a G3 Bell donated by the choir's co-founder Mary Young in memory of her husband and choir co-founder Bruce Young.  
How does a Handbell Choir Function?
Handbells are unique in that the bells can be considered to be one instrument requiring (in our case) eleven or twelve ringers. Each bell sounds one note of the musical scale and each ringer is responsible for playing four of the bells as needed in the music. Precise timing and team work as well as sensitivity to the music are essential. Watching the director is also a helpful thing to do! 
To see handbells in action, click on this link to You Tube to see and hear a massed choir of handbells (over 400 ringers) at an Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers (OGEHR) in Hamilton in 2011. The Bells of St. Paul's participated in that Festival and  attended OEGHR festival in London Ontario in 2013 and in Peterborough in 2015

If you are interested in becoming a bell ringer with The Bells of St. Paul's, please contact Mrs. Ann McMahon: annpeterm@sympatico.ca 
Our weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 2:30  PM. 
Contact Barb Guthrie: bguthrie@ripnet.com if you would like the Bells of St. Paul's to perform at a special event. 


March 2017.


The Bells of St. Paul's at our 20th Anniversary Concert, June 2012.


May 2012. The excitement of unwrapping our new G3 bell, donated by Mary Young in memory of her husband, Bruce. G3 sounds the note which is found on the bottom line of the bass clef adding a beautiful deep resonance to our sound.
In 2015 Mary contributed to yet another bass bell, a Bb3. The two larger bells have added a rich tone to our handbell choir.