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Pavlov's Dogs rock the Central [22 Sep 2009|03:40pm]

bassringer
Pavlov's Dogs are a new secular handbell ensemble in Toronto. So far, we only have a few songs and fewer performances under our belt, but we're getting attention and gaining momentum. Here are a couple of video clips from last month's Rated R Art Show Fundraiser at the Central Bar. Also featured at the show, and in the second video, were Glamourpuss Burlesque and DJ duo TMDP.
Look closely during the Hawksley Workman piece and you can see my Schulmerich handbell tattoo!

The Rated R Art Show: Pavlov's Dogs "Imperial March" Live English Handbell Cover from Benjello Jiggler on Vimeo.



The Rated R Art Show: "Jealous of Your Cigarette" from Benjello Jiggler on Vimeo.

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[10 Nov 2008|02:33pm]

podsnezhnik
welcome to russian bellringing group kolokolny_zvon

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[11 Feb 2007|08:54pm]

katie_melissa
So you know, how a while back I said that I had been under Mrs. Thompson's direction for a year......well.....I got to DIRECT Mrs. Thompson....I wasa guest conductor for the chior taht she conducts, and it was sooo much fun!  I'm glad whe let me direct!

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Update on the situation. [15 Dec 2006|03:35am]

this_is_krister
[ mood | tired ]

So the alto sectional happened. Geoff came into church and basically ordered everyone to go over to the choir room at 7:15. He then proceeded to tell me if I couldn't be at this Saturday's rehersal (it was an extra one) that I couldn't sing on Sunday. This was definetely personal, I told him weeks ago that I couldn't make it because I permenately work every Saturday morning. It wasn't until all this time that he had a problem with it and decided to make this little threat. I was so upset by this that I didn't even bother arguing with him about the sectional, the last thing I wanted to do was burst into tears in front of the choir and him. So rehersal went as planned and was much too short, and then afterwards, once there were only 2 ringers in the church, my hubby and Joanne, I broke down. Both Joanne and Russ had heard what he told me earlier so I just talked to them about it. At this point I decided it would probably be best to just stop singing. What good is it for me to be miserable and on the verge of tears all through rehersals and sundays etc. ? Joanne told me she couldn't believe he said that, and that she'd talk to Geoff with me if I wanted. I then walked over to the choir room with Joanne and Hubby, pulled Geoff to the side and just told him I felt it was time for me to leave the choir. He then instantly backed out of his threat and told me he knew that I knew the music well, and that I can sing on Sunday. I told him I needed to think about it and that Hubby and I were going home.

And that's that for now.

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Some Church Drama: [14 Dec 2006|08:05am]

this_is_krister
[ mood | aggravated ]

So I'm loosing a battle at over Church music stuff and it really is upsetting me. Just a little background on the following emails:
Geoff is our new church choir director, and I'm the bell choir director. He isn't my boss (Fr. Tom's the boss), he's a coworker. My Bell Choir regularly reherses from 6:30-7:30 every Thursday, and the Choir follows rehersing from 7:30-9:15ish.


1st email:

Kristen,
I'm requesting all altos attend a sectional rehearsal at 7:15 on Thursday night in the choir room. Everyone has been contacted. Please adjust your bell rehearsal accordingly so that the altos (Susan, Margaret, Winnie) are on time.

Thank you,
Geoffrey

2nd email:

Geoff,

Seeing as how the bells are scheduled to play this sunday and also next sunday, we really cannot afford to cut our rehersal short. It would have been nice to have discussed this before you took the liberty of changing our alotted rehersal time. I must insist that we have our full rehersal as scheduled this Thursday. Perhaps you might be able to do the sectional after rehersal or possibly at the rehersal this Saturday. I will also contact you by phone this Thursday morning, just in case you don't get read this until later in the day. I also will be in contact with the bell ringers to let them know that the rehersal will proceed as regularily scheduled.

-Kristen E. Price

3rd email:

Kristen,

If you need additional rehearsal time, then I suggest you hold an additional practice. The 7:15 alto rehearsal will take place as scheduled this evening.

Thank you,
Geoffrey

4th and last email:

Geoff,

I don't need additional rehearsal time, we just need our full regularly scheduled time from 6:30-7:30.

-Kristen





So, this guy has a reputation of being an egomaniac. He's went completely over my head to deligate our rehearsal time this evening, and all these emails only started yesterday. (One day before the rehearsal!) I did phone our boss, Fr. Tom, and sent him Copies of the emails, but he didn't have any suggestions, he said we'd just have to figure it out. My Dad says at this point I should probably just let him have it his way, I'll only be there 2 more weeks anyway. (side note: I gave my notice last week.) I really feel like backing down is the wrong thing though. I think until someone stands up to him, he'll just push everyone in his way over, so he can do it his way.

What do you all think?

cross posted.

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[26 Sep 2005|06:30am]

katie_melissa
I have had a change in lj......I was arimiya and am now katie_melissa......just informing

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[04 Aug 2005|11:00pm]

arimiya
I really do apologize.

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[04 Aug 2005|10:53pm]

arimiya

I haven't posted much but I thought I'd just out this out there..............THIS is Martha Lynn Thompson.........I attend her church, and have been under her direction.   I don't mean to be arrogant or cocky though I'm sure that is how this is comming off to you.........I just thoguht I'd let you know.  Sorry if I seem rude and snobbish.

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[25 May 2005|12:25am]

fernzola
Here's Fantasy in C Minor that we played last month. You can't see our faces, but you can hear us!

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bonjour bonjour [23 May 2005|07:09pm]

linbrethil
[ mood | sore ]

Hi, all. My name is Sarah and I am wildly excited to find that there are actually communities for ringers ~ oh, the wonders you will find in LJ-land. I am seventeen and a junior, and I have been ringing for....well, since I was little. I am in the handbell choir at my church (we're okay, not great) and find ringing to be incredibly fun, especially when sightreading. I play just about anywhere I am needed, except for the massive ones, because I have scrawny little arms. However, my personal favorite is playing four-in-hand on the high bells. So much fun, mmmm. Actually I am weirdly possessive of "my" high bells. The choir mainly consists of adults ~ I am one of three high schoolers ~ and I don't mind an adult playing them, but every time my friend (a freshman) commandeers my bells for even just one song, I bristle. Haha. I feel like gollum with my precious shiny little bells....*eyes glaze over* Er, right, where was I? Let's see....I also play piano and sax, and sing in the church choir as well. Oh, and I had a minor triumph recently ~ my boyfriend, who is an Easter-and-Christmas kind of churchgoer, practically begged me to bring him to church with me just so he could see me play, because he had never seen handbells before. Needless to say, he was quite impressed, haha. Who wouldn't be? But anyway, that's all. Just thought I should introduce myself.

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[27 Apr 2005|12:41am]

fernzola
I made some of our handbells songs into .midi files so you could get a glimpse at what we've been working on. I also have Pinnacle, which tally_kat put in an earlier post, but somehow the dings sound a bit better on .midi than the other file, but you ultimately decide. I do agree Pinnacle is haaaaaaaaaard!

Anyway, here is Parade of the Wooden Soldier, Pinnacle, and The River.

(Click 1.)

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Pinnacle kills! [26 Apr 2005|11:34pm]

tally_kat
http://www.handbellworld.com/music/MusicPiece.cfm?Piece=9130

Looky! If you click on the Windows Media icon, you can hear a really crappy-quality recording of Pinnacle, a song that our handbell choir is playing in our concert this weekend. Like I said, the quality is crap... but you can get an idea at least! It's one of the hardest pieces of handbell literature out there. WHEE!

Maybe we can get a better-quality recording up here when we get the CD of our performance this past weekend, if anyone is interested. It's really a cool-sounding piece of music!

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[14 Apr 2005|10:20pm]

annecw
[ mood | hopeful ]

We had our big handbell concert Tuesday night here at WBU. Considering the train wreck our bell choir has been this year, it went REALLY REALLY well. I had a handbell solo piece, which went great and I arranged and conducted a piece that was a big hit. It was really exciting. There's talk of getting my piece published, which is a good possibly because our director has an "in" with the publishing world. We'll see *fingers crossed*

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[21 Mar 2005|01:53am]

fernzola
Want to watch/hear our handbell group? Here's a file where you can check us out. You can watch it on Quicktime or Windows Media Player (it's .avi form)

http://s34.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1MS5EJLW33IGF2C3823NEXCUB7

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[02 Feb 2005|11:40am]

godinmypocket
Hi all! My name is Melissa and I've played handbells for something like 10 years now (god that makes me sound old). I was in my church's choir with my mom and sister and I just recently moved and haven't found a church yet where I can play. Glad to find a place where I can at least talk about handbells - hopefully soon I'll find a place I can play!

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[13 Jan 2005|09:20pm]

fernzola
Questiooooooooooooon!

For those people who play handbells (which I'm assuming is everyone), do you play your bells on the right octave?

For example, on our handbell group, I play the E5 and F5 bells (and, obviously, the Eb5, F#5, etc.), which should technically mean I play in the treble clef, above middle C. HOWEVER, I play those bells in the bass clef, an octave below (so basically, I'm reading the E4, F4 lines).

Do you or your group do that too? Hope that made sense.

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[13 Jan 2005|10:50pm]

xxxlonelyeyesxx
I've been playing for four years, my favorite bells are the Bb right below middle C through the E above middle C. My favorite song is He Never Said A Mumblin' Word, and I also like Canon in D. Yeah, I have used handbells to impress guys before *blushes*
love
Ami

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Coffeehouse Cabaret: SUCCESS! [24 Dec 2004|01:24am]

bassringer
[ mood | accomplished ]

Oh wow, Tuesday night was a BLAST. I played my two pieces and then they wouldn't let me sit down! The host of the coffeehouse, Pat Kelly, played a couple songs while I improvised on the bells. It was AMAZING. And they had me playing with a few other musicians, too. I didn't know I had it in me to ad lib handbell solos! Now Mr. Kelly wants me to play some gig with him as a featured performer at the Hard Rock Café sometime, and possibly join him for a New Year's Eve show.
Go to Pat's website, click on "Photo albums" and then go to "Dec 21 Cabaret" for some pictures of handbells rockin' out!

I'm gonna have to start saving for my own set of bells!

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OUR Valse des Fleurs [23 Dec 2004|10:51am]

fernzola
Since I have nothing better to do, I thought I'd turn Valse des Fleurs into a .midi file. The chime part sounds a little weird, but you get the idea.

This is about the speed we did it during Holiday Dinner. The only thing you'll hear on this .midi file is the glissandos the way they were suppose to be (we did it in actual time), sooooooooo without further ado, I give you The Waltz of the Flowers!

No idea why it does the scratching sound in the beginning =\

P.S. Should I add the dynamics?

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I Love PBS [22 Dec 2004|10:03pm]

tally_kat
[ mood | excited ]

Sooo I don't know if any of you caught it.. but on PBS tonight at 9 they showed a concert of the Raleigh Ringers Handbell Ensemble. Not only did they rock, but they played (and I know my Harter peeps will appreciate this)... THE WALTZ. Up to speed. The runs went so fast...it was just amazing. It was fun to watch the person who rings my bells and see how she handles some of the tricky parts. Table damping. That's what I need to do (note to self) Anyway, I did happen to hit record on the VCR... so I have it on tape to show off next semester ;)

Yay for the Raleigh Ringers!! ^^ Thought I'd share... for I am a nerd and easily excited :)

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