Boston Handbell Festival 2017

2017 Guest Conductor

Griff Gall is an elementary music and movement specialist in the town of Danvers, Mass. He earned a Bachelors of Music in music education from Westminster Choir College and completed his Level III Orff Schulwerk training through Boston University while attaining his Masters of Music in Education. He continues to study dance with the Boston Ballet School and Urbanity Dance.

Griff is the founding artistic director of the Back Bay Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in Boston, Mass.  He has presented workshops in handbell pedagogy, conducting, and Orff Schulwerk at local and national handbell and music education conferences, and is co-author of “Ring, Dance Play, first experiences with Choirchimes and Orff Schulwerk” published by GIA.

What is the Boston Handbell Festival?

The Back Bay Ringers (Boston, MA) in co-sponsorship with Old South Ringers, are pleased to present this annual festival on the third Tuesday in May.  It is a celebration of local community handbell ensembles, and an invited guest choir and guest conductor each year. The concert is free and open to the public. Many audience members at the BHF are seeing handbells for the first time! They’ve been treated to an enormous variety of performances, including pieces that included choreography, singing, baseball hats, or pirate costumes, as well as a memorable massed piece involving five choirs and Old South’s stunning Skinner pipe organ.

In keeping with Back Bay Ringers’ (BBR) commitment to the education of handbell artistry, a central piece of the evening is awarding a 2-octave set of Marmark chimes to a Boston-based school.  A free will offering will be collected during the event in support of this Chime Donation program.  The Festival committee invites teachers from Boston-area schools who wish to integrate chimes into their music program to apply.

Please visit the BBR website to learn more about the Boston Handbell Festival and the Chime donation program.

At a ceremony at the Boston Handbell Festival, the selected school is presented with a two-octave set of Malmark Choirchimes and a packet of music appropriate for use with young musicians. The selected music teacher also receives a one-year mentorship with BBR Artistic Director Griff Gall, an elementary music specialist who successfully incorporates chimes into his music curriculum. We’re very proud to think of how many young musicians are being introduced to ringing instruments through the success of the BHF and the chime donation program!

Where is it held?

Old South Church
645 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

When will it be?

May 16, 2017, 8pm

Who is Ringing?

Back Bay Ringers
Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble
Merrimack Valley Ringers
New England Ringers
Old South Ringers

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