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A Note from Kelley

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Chairperson Notes | 0 comments

A Note from Kelley

The leaves are turning shades of red, orange & yellow. The crisp air quickens our steps. Christmas music is beginning to sound forth as Handbell choirs rehearse music for the approaching Advent Season. All this means that the Central Alabama Handbell Festival 2019 is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for March 2 & 3, 2019. Pleasant Hill UMC in McCalla, AL is our host. To register just download the Registration Form from the website, fill it out and follow the instructions at the bottom of the Registration Form. The Clinician for CAHF 2018 is Jason Krug. You can check out his bio in the Clinician section of this website. We are delighted to have Jason directing us this year. The music selections are posted in the Music Selections section of the website. If you have not already ordered your copies, now is a good time to check in with your favorite music supplier. A new feature this year is “Light of the World” by Jason Krug. This piece uses three separate parts—Handbell Choir I, Handchimes, and Handbell Choir II. Each participating Handbell choir selects the which of the three parts to prepare. Once at the CAHF 2018, all three parts will come together under Jason’s direction. We hope you enjoy getting your part ready for March. CAHF 2018 is the 31st Festival. Come make new friends, catch up with old friendships and have a delightful time making music with lots of folks who love to ring Handbells! See you March 2 & 3, 2018! Happy Ringing, Kelley Please follow and like...

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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, Kelley Please follow and like...

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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. Please follow and like...

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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 FREE. Please follow and like...

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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 encouraged. Please follow and like...

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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, Kelley Please follow and like...

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New Information Added

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Website Updates | 0 comments

More information about Festival 2016 has been added. The Schedule page and Music List has been updated. I am aware that some of the music files might not play on all browsers and I’m working to try and correct that. There will be more updates coming soon, including an updated registration page. Have a wonderful summer! Please follow and like...

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New Pictures Added to Gallery

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Website Updates | 0 comments

Pictures from the 2015 festival are now loaded in the gallery. A special thank you to Skip Pennington from First United Methodist Church Trussville for taking pictures for us this year. If you want to view and download high resolution images, you can do so directly from his website: Thanks for making this year’s festival a success! Melissa Please follow and like...

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We are now on Instagram!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Website Updates | Comments Off on We are now on Instagram!

For those of you who use Instagram, the Festival now has its own Instagram account. If you wish to take pictures of your choirs preparing for the festival or while at the festival, feel free to use the hashtag #CAHF15 and be sure to tag us at @cahandbellfestival.  Also, a feed has been set up on the front page of the website, so be sure to follow us as we will post pictures throughout the festival as well. See you at the festival! Melissa (Website Admin) Please follow and like...

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Important Info From Kelley

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Chairperson Notes | Comments Off on Important Info From Kelley

  Directors, Here is the order for the Closing Concert from Michael Helman. Crown Him with Many Crowns The Staff of Faith Meditation on Beautiful Savior Bethlehem You Raise Me Up Les Miserables   Don’t forget: Each participating choir is asked to: Help with refreshments by bringing: Two (2)—3-liter drinks Two Dozen cookies OR something salty Veggie Tray OR Fruit Tray OR a breakfast snack for Saturday morning. Bring a poster telling about your group.  (Pictures, bulletins, programs, fundraisers, activities in which you have participated, etc.)   The posters will be displayed during the Festival and Concert. Please have food on ready-to-serve plates or trays.   Reminders: Remember to bring your own music stands, pads, covers, mallets, gloves, chimes, and BELLS! There will not be a nursery available during rehearsals or the closing concert. Children should be supervised at all times. We want to be welcomed guests at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. It is important that we take care of their facility! If you have anyone in your choir who is a nurse, can administer CPR, or handle basic first aid, please let us know when you arrive. All participating choirs are expected to attend all rehearsals in preparation for the closing concert. The lunch break is one hour and fifteen minutes. There are a number of places to eat in the area. You may also bring a lunch. See you at Pleasant Hill UMC! Kelley Please follow and like...

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