Our Handbell Choir
Music has always been a significant part of the work and worship of Robertson-Wesley United Church. The Robertson-Wesley Ringers offer their own unique contribution to that strong musical tradition and they have forged strong friendships and have a lot of fun together as well!
Handbell ringing has been a part of Robertson-Wesley for over 50 years! Originally introduced to the church family by music director Douglas Millson in 1966, handbells have become a popular fixture in our worship services and at community outreach events. Currently comprising 13 ringers, and directed by Tammy-Jo Mortensen, the Robertson-Wesley Ringers rehearse on Thursday evenings for 2 hours, and ring regularly during the Sunday morning worship service, and at events such as weddings, Christmas gatherings, concerts, special events and more!
Bells and Handchimes
The handbell choir is very fortunate to have the use of a 5-octave set of Malmark handbells, a 4-octave set of Schulmerich handbells, as well as 5 octaves of handchimes. Using these exceptional instruments, the R-W Ringers offer a joyful and distinctive sound to worship and other special times in the church and community. Supported by a wonderful congregation which has encouraged the ongoing improvement of their skills, the R-W Ringers have participated in International Symposia (most recently in Vancouver, BC in 2016, and as far afield as Brisbane, Australia in 2006), and regional and national festivals, and has shared in the making of several Robertson-Wesley recordings, including the most recent CD, “Song Forever New”, which was launched in October 2009.
Although membership eligibility in this unique and active group stresses the ability to read music and previous experience ringing handbells, the Robertson-Wesley Ringers always welcomes interested individuals to their rehearsals. They have an active list of substitute ringers as well. Tammy-Jo Mortensen is always happy to provide additional information about the Ringers and current membership availability.
Hiring the R-W Ringers for Events
The Robertson-Wesley Ringers have performed in many weddings, corporate events, Christmas celebrations and at music conferences. If you would be interested in hiring the R-W Ringers for your special event, please contact the Director of Music, Tammy-Jo Mortensen.
Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers
From the ALGEHR site you can find a lot more information on handbell ringing in Alberta as well as around the world!