Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble performing “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” arranged by Karen Roth. This piece is for those in the mood for something loud, dissonant, and harsh (but it does resolve in the end, we promise). Our audiences seem to either love or hate this piece, so let us know what your opinion is.
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble performing “Now the Green Blade Riseth” (or “Sing We Now of Christmas”, depending on when you watch this video) by Kevin McChesney. We tend to play this piece well above the marked tempo, and this performance is no exception.
“Before my bed, the moonlight so bright,
Be frost on the ground, I suppose it might.
I raise my head and the moon I behold, then
I lower it, brooding: I’m homesick tonight.”
-The poem “Night Thoughts” by Li Bai of the Tang Dynasty
Tintabulations performing “Nocturnal Fantasy” by Emily Li at United Methodist Church in El Segundo, California.
This piece took our group all spring to learn, and we were honored to present it at the Area XII Handbell conference shortly after this performance.
At the 2012 Area XII conference, Tintabulations was invited to give a featured performance during the closing massed ring. We had a great time performing for everyone, and we turned the performance into a week long road trip, visiting other bell ringers throughout California and giving some other concerts on our own.
Photo Credit: Aaron M.
To help pass the time while driving, we interviewed our director Barb Walsh and got some really interesting answers about her approach to bell ringing and this history of where Tintabulations came from.
A montage of scenes from the first day of our concert tour. This part of the adventure took us from Reno, Nevada to Bishop, California. Things we learned along the way include:
1) There is lots of road construction on highway 395
2) Fitting 30 feet of tables on a small stage is no easy feat
3) Our director has an awesome gallop!
The background music is “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel”, arranged by Hart Morris and performed by Tintabulations in Bishop, CA on June 24th, 2012.