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The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers and The Birnam Bells

bellsRingers from the group enjoyed a day's ringing at Bankfoot Church Centre to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. The internationally renowned Fred Gramaan was conductor for the day and it was a fantastic experience to be led by him through the various pieces of music. The day also included a performance by Scotland's National Handbell Ensemble "Celtic Carillon" in which three Dunkeld members took part.

The first meeting of The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers took place on 22nd October 2002 - 15 years ago.
Since then the group has become one of the most active and well known handbell groups in the country.
Ringers have undertaken three tours - to the islands of Orkney, Iona and Mull and have performed at many prestigeous venues, such as The National Museum of Scotland, Falkland Palace, Dornoch Cathedral, St. Giles Cathedral, Iona Abbey, Duart Castle, Pitlochry Theatre, Perth Concert Hall and Scone Palace. They have provided entertainment many, many times at Nursing Homes, Day Centres, for Guilds and Rurals, have been featured in The Scots Magazine, recorded for Hospital Radio and produced three DVDs and three CDs. They have also been a regular feature in Dunkeld Cathedral with performances throughout the summer months – solo ringing weekly and small ensemble ringing once a month. Heather, the group's Musical Director and handbell soloist has given performances throughout Scotland and represented Scotland in England and Wales at national Rallies.
So, the group has much to be proud of but what of the future? Very uncertain unless we can encourage new members to join. Ringing is fun and there is a happy, relaxed atmosphere at our practices. It is easy to get started even if one is unable to read music. Please consider having a go and join us at one of our practices on Thursday afternoons in The Duchess Anne.
For information contact: Heather McLean, Tel. 01738710210,
For bookings contact: Caroline Skelton Tel. 01738 828 292

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