Join Virginia Bronze on June 11, 2023, at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Ambler as they explore the history of handbells and handbell literature with a concert featuring music spanning the last 50 years.
This program will also feature short talks on the history of handbells
by Music Director, Brian Seemann, and member Alice Real.
This is a free event. DONATIONS gratefully accepted.
Virginia Bronze began with a few ringers who wanted the challenge of ringing at a higher level. Since their first performance in October 2006, VAB has gained local and national recognition.
As a premier handbell ensemble, just across the river from our nation’s capital, we have had the opportunity to perform with the Washington Chorus, Strathmore Children’s Chorus, the Cathedral Choral Society, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, Children’s Chorus of Washington, and the Alexandria Symphony. VAB has been a part of First Night Alexandria in the past and have served as artists-in-residence at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
Virginia Bronze was honored to perform a lunchtime concert at the 2010 Pinnacle Conference (a Handbell Musicians of America festival) in Nashville, TN. We also performed at the HMA National Seminar in July 2019 in St. Louis.
VAB performs on 6 and a half octaves of Schulmerich handbells (78 bells: G2-C9); 6 octaves of Malmark Choirchimes® (73 chimes: C2-C8); 2 octaves of Schulmerich Silver Melody Bells® (25 bells: C5-C7) and 3 octaves of Petit & Fritsen handbells (37 bells: C4-C7).