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ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA HANDBELL ENSEMBLE
The Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble is a community ensemble comprised of auditioned, advanced-level handbells ringers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Read more: PhillyBells.org/about
The ensemble plays around the greater Philadelphia region, and in other locations when invited. We play a variety of venues, including community concerts, religious worship services, festivals and special events. Learn more about inviting us to play: PhillyBells.org/invite
Handbells are a unique instrument in which each bell is tuned to a specific note, like a key on a piano. Unlike an orchestra or choir in which each musician is responsible for one line of the texture, a handbell ensemble acts as one instrument, with each musician responsible for particular notes as they appear in the music. Read more about handbells: PhillyBells.org/handbells
Musically, Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble appreciates a wide array of musical styles and moods with a repertoire spanning original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions of classical literature. An advanced range of ringing techniques allows the ensemble to move beyond the traditional handbell sound and redefines the character of a single instrument, whether it's through percussive stopped sounds or poignant echoes or a shimmering decrescendo. View our repertoire: PhillyBells.org/music/repertoire