Festival 2017

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Chairperson Notes | 0 comments

The Central Alabama Handbell Festival 2017 is fast approaching! This year we celebrate 30 years of ringing handbells. Pleasant Hill UMC (4809 Bell Hill Road, Bessemer, Alabama 35022) is our host. Ed Rollins is our Clinician and Workshop leader. Seventeen handbell choirs will join together in five rehearsals over two days that culminate in the Festival Concert at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25. The Festival Concert is free and everyone is invited! Come enjoy the great music with us! A bit of past CAHF history: Vestavia Hills UMC hosted the first CAHF. Others who hosted the CAHF include Pleasant Ridge Baptist, Mountain Chapel UMC,   Canterbury UMC, St. Mark UMC, Leeds First Baptist, Huffman Baptist, Southeastern Bible College, Spain Park High School and, our current hosts, Pleasant Hill UMC. Hosting the CAHF is a very big undertaking. Our sincere thanks to all who hosted the CAHF. At least 85 Handbell Choirs have attended at least one CAHF over our 30 years. Many of them have attended multiple times. Each handbell choir that attends spends many hours rehearsing the festival music. They polish and pack bells, load everything they will need at the   festival and come from near and far away. Once at the CAHF the rehearsals continue…five of them. The Closing Concert is the final product. The selection of music is very important to the CAHF. The music needs to be easy enough to include novice ringers and difficult enough to challenge advanced ringers. This is no easy task! Throughout the history of the CAHF much careful work went into selecting the music for each festival. The list of music for the past festivals includes more than 143 titles. Many of the composers/arrangers of these pieces served as past clinicians. Can’t wait for this weekend! Happy ringing,...

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New Videos Added!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Website Updates | 0 comments

Videos from 2016 Festival have added. Very special thanks to Skip Pennington for filming and editing the videos for us.  Please feel free to share the videos and help spread the word about the Central Alabama Handbell Festival! You can find the videos here, in the archive page of Festival 2016.

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Festival Update

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Posts | 0 comments

The Central Alabama Handbell Festival 2016 is almost upon us! As of February 9, Trussville FUMC, Huffman, UMC, Hueytown FUMC, Auburn UMC, First Baptist Church Enterprise, Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, Helena UMC and Vestavia Hills Baptist Church are registered to participate.  Several other directors have indicated that their registration information is on the way. It is not too late for you to register your Handbell Choir(s). To register, download the registration form from the website, fill it out and send the registration form and check to: Central Alabama Handbell Festival Attn: Kelley Clegg Neal 8659 Stewart Drive Trussville, AL 35173 Stephanie Rhoades is leading the Workshop for Directors/Ringers at 4:00 p.m. on March 4th. Her focus is Improving Sight Reading and Score Study for Better Rehearsals. Hope you can take advantage of this opportunity. See you March 4th & 5th at Pleasant Hill UMC for the 2016 Central Alabama Handbell Festival. Remember that the Closing Concert is at 3:00 p.m. and is...

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Hospitality Room Information

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Chairperson Notes | 0 comments

Each choir is asked to bring refreshments for the hospitality room.  Changes have been made to the list from past festivals. The list is now: (2) two liter drinks of your choice. 2 from the following: 3 Dozen Cookies Something Soalty Fruit Tray Veggie Tray or Breakfast Item for Saturday   If someone in your group has special dietary needs, please being something that fits those needs. Home baked goodies are strongly...

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Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Chairperson Notes | 0 comments

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Advent/Christmas ringing season and that 2016 is off to a great start for you and your ringers. The Central Alabama Handbell Festival 2016 is March 4 – 5 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in McCalla, Alabama. The registration form can be downloaded from the registration page here on the website. Please get those forms sent in to me as soon as possible. The CAHF Planning Team is made up of all handbell directors and ringers who are interested in the Central Alabama Handbell Festival. Our next CAHF Planning Team meeting is scheduled for January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church to review and finalize plans for CAHF 2016. We will also look forward to CAHF 2017. Please bring at least two (2) selections for consideration for the music list for 2017. You are invited to attend. Please help get the word out about the Festival to Handbell Choirs in your area. We would love to have the biggest turnout yet this year. Remember, the Handbell Festival is open to all handbell choirs, regardless of experience level or number of ringers. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore new music and ringing techniques, make new friends and benefit from performing in a large group setting. I look forward to seeing everyone again and hopefully meeting new friends. Happy Ringing,...

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