• Call to Action! Area 1 Seeks Communications Director

    The Area 1 Board would like to announce the posting of the job description of the Area 1 Communications Director position. This volunteer will be empowered to rethink the way we communicate with our members and lead a team to revitalize our communication mediums. That last part is important: this person will not be alone […]

  • Spotlight on “Back To Bells”

    This Spotlight article is written by Steve Mazeau after he attended a 2017 Back to Bells event.  Area 1 Back To Bells workshops are sponsored by the national Handbell Musicians of America, but draws from the experience and leadership of the members of Area 1. The goal of these workshops is to get bells out […]

  • Spotlight on Mary McCleary

    With sadness, the handbell world says our goodbye and godspeed to Mary McCleary, who passed away on October 15, 2017. She was a prolific composer, director, organist, and friend to many of the ringers in the Handbell Musicians of America. Mary G. McCleary was the Chairman of Area I of the New England Guild of […]

  • Spotlight on The Connecticut Ringers

    September 20 was Connecticut Day at the Big E in Springfield. A group of handbell musicians under the direction of Samanatha Beschta practiced all summer and performed in the CT Pavillion. Thanks for representing Connecticut at this Big Event, Samantha, and all your ringers! Here’s the writeup from last year’s event.    

  • FREE! Fall Skill Building Workshops!

    FREE Fall Skill Building Workshops — Scheduled throughout Area 1 — sign up for one near you! NEW THIS YEAR! REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR MEMBERS and THEIR RINGERS! Bring your whole choir, or come on your own to brush up on or learn new skills, including four-in-hand, music reading, weaving and more! Great for beginners […]

  • New Community group for new ringers in NH

    Non Auditioned Adult Handbell Choir (18 and older) starting up September 18, associated with Granite State Ringers. Details in the flyer below.

  • Holiday Rep Reading + Skill Building Workshop w/ Lincoln Ringers

    The Bells of St. Matthews and The Lincoln Ringers are sponsoring a Holiday Rep Reading/Skill Building Workshop!  This event is endorsed by the Handbell Musicians of America. Saturday, September 30, 2017, St. Matthew’s Church, Acton, MA, 8:30 am to 4 pm Register Here Join us for a day of Skill-Building, Rep-Reading, Bell-Ringing and FUN!!  A […]