Soundings – Music of Our Land and Our Lives – Vancouver 2016
The 17th International Handbell Symposium is under way in Vancouver, Canada. Over 750 handbell musicians from around the world are gathered here to unite across the boundaries of nationality and language through the music of handbells.
Activities began yesterday (July 26) with Opening Ceremonies which featured the traditional procession of the flags of the 7 member countries of the International Handbell Committee: the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Korea, Canada, Australasia, and
Hong Kong. The first massed ringing rehearsal followed as participants had their first opportunity to play through all the repertoire as a group. Here is a list of the music and conductors featured this week:
So Glorious and Free by Betty B. Radford, published by From the Top, conducted by Stuart Sladden, Handbell Guilds of Canada
Spring Sea by Michio Miyagi, arranged by Hirotaka Arai, published by HIRO Musica, conducted by Hirotaka Aria, Handbell Ringers of Japan
Spirit of Freedom, arranged by Malcom Wilson, published by Flagstaff Publishing, conducted by Malcom Wilson, Handbell Ringers of Great Britain
Thine is the Glory, G.F. Handel, arranged by Margaret Tucker, published by Choristers Guild, Jae Weoul Song, Korean Handbell Association
Little Bits of Heart, by Clarence Mak, published by Hing Publishing, conducted by Emily Li, Handbell Association of Hong Kong
Deep River, arranged by Hart Morris, published by Ring Out Press, conducted by Ed Rollins, Handbell Musicians of America
Allegro Con Moto, by Jason Krug, published by GIA Publications, conducted by Timothy Sherlock, Handbell Society of Australasia
Hishuk Ish Tsawalk, by Bruce Henczel, published by BCGEHR, conducted by Janet Nordstrand, Handbell Guilds of Canada
Day one of the event concluded with a Meet & Greet Reception and Pin Exchange where all enjoyed light refreshments and the opportunity to greet old friends and meet new ones.
Please check back here each day for more updates.