Rappahannock River Ringers participate in handbell festival


The Rappahannock River Ringers of Kilmarnock UMC recently participated in a day-long handbell 2-3 Octave Festival sponsored by the James River Ringers of Richmond.

They rehearsed five pieces before attending the event then spent the day polishing the musical selections with other bell choirs, reported publicity chairman Jo Manson.

The guest clinician for this event was Nick Hansen. He has a music education degree with a concentration in handbells, said Manson. He is an arranger and composer and teaches handbells at the Potomac School in Maryland.

“Participating in this festival provided an opportunity for our ringers to play under the direction of a professional musician. The ringers commented that they learned a lot that day from Nick,” said director Lyn Conley. “This allowed our ringers to become more confident about our music.”

Rappahannock River Ringers include Sandi Ward, Darlene Stibal, Jean Gilmore, Ellen Bennett, Laura Reeves, Denez Yancey, Don Gilmore, Peter Bennett, Heather Dennis, Janet Smith and Lyn Conley.