Musical Handbells, tuned in sets, were introduced in the late 17th Century and quickly became popular among tower bell ringers, not only for practising their change bell ringing, but also for playing simple tunes. The art of tune ringing became so popular in the 19th Century that many competitions were held between rival bands playing complicated music with large numbers of bells. Although bell ringing went into decline afterwards, the art is becoming more and more popular again, especially in Primary schools!
People of any age can easily become competent players, without putting in lots of practice or having to be able to read music, so Handbell ringing appeals to young and old alike. It's great for working as a team, learning to listen to each other taking turns...and making friends. Why not start a Handbell choir in your school? Girls and boys alike will love being able to play tunes without having to learn complicated fingering as they would with other instruments.
Our set of 8 bells has a unique design of table rest which means that they're easy for little hands to pick up and allows them to be played from the horizontal, so they sound just as good when played sitting down - ideal for people who use a wheelchair.
To make playing even easier, we've printed the name of the note on the end of each handle, and the specially designed clapper plays a single loud, clear note.
Set of 8 bells.
Diatonic range C6-C7
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