Upcoming Events

LET JUSTICE RING

Bell Appeal celebrates the 4th of July weekend with a concert reflecting on the current political climate and how we make a difference in our local and global communities. Join us as we perform songs by George Michael, Sara Bareilles, The Beatles, REM, and more.

Saturday, July 1, 7:30pm
TBD

Sunday, July 2, 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco


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WE BUILT THIS CITY

Bell Appeal presents a concert that takes the listener on a trip through the Streets of Philadelphia, The Gates of Kiev, Chicago, Budapest... all in one evening. Featuring music by Billy Joel, Augustana, They Might Be Giants, and more, this is a handbell summer vacation that can't be missed!

Saturday, August 27
1:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco

7:30pm
PSR Chapel of the Great Commission
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley



BRAVE: Be True to Yourself

Bell Appeal celebrates Pride Month with a concert about bravery in one of its simplest but most difficult incarnations - being true to oneself. Join us as we perform songs by Sara Bareilles, Scott Alan, Colbie Caillat, Megan Trainor, and more.

Friday, June 19, 7:30pm
PSR Chapel of the Great Commission
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Saturday, June 20, 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco




THE STORY OF MY LIFE

Music has a powerful way of staying with us years after it's left the Top 40 -- long past the time your mix tape got lost in a move, and far beyond the days you sold your vinyl collection. The stories of our lives are so intertwined with the music surrounding us in the moment that even years later, a single song can recall the nervous excitement of a first kiss, the deep sorrow of a departed loved one, even the sleepy monotony of an old morning commute. With the power of a single song we can be transported back into one of the many chapters of the story of our life, and we'd like to share our stories with you with this season.

Saturday, January 24, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park

Sunday, January 25, 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco



Bell Appeal's

GREATEST HITS

Over the last several years, Bell Appeal has performed dozens of self-arranged takes on the latest hits. Join us this Summer as we revisit some of our favorite pieces by Ben Folds, fun., Christina Perri, Charlie Daniels, and more!

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:30pm
PSR Chapel of the Great Commission
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco



When I Think of Home

Coming Home or Going Home, Home Again or Homeward Bound, Bell Appeal invites you in from the cold as the holidays wind down and winter continues. We'll be featuring works about "Home" from artists Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Of Monsters and Men, Kimbra, and more.

Friday, February 7, 2014 7:30pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Saturday, February 8, 2014 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, Angus Hall
330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park

Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco





This Ain't Rodgers & Hammerstein.

BELL APPEAL plays the MODERN MUSICALS


From Avenue Q to the Emerald City, Bell Appeal takes a journey through the musicals of the last decade. Music by Billy Joel, Green Day, and Adele features in a concert that is like no day out at the theater you've had before!


Saturday, September 7, 2013 7:30pm
Pacific School of Religion
Chapel of the Great Commission
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
wine & cheese reception

Sunday, September 8, 2013 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco

Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, Angus Hall
330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park
wine & cheese reception


Suggested donation $15







Arrival...


 
 Some people arrive bearing gifts. Some let a reindeer guide the way. Others light candles, share traditions, travel to meet family and loved ones.

However you are arriving at this holiday season, Bell Appeal is here to share that journey. Old classics meet new favorites and originally composed pieces as we look closer at the meanings of the season through the music that marks the advent of celebrations near and far.

Friday, December 14, 8:00pm
Pacific School of Religion
Chapel of the Great Commission
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Sunday, December 16, 2:30pm
Bethany United Methodist Church
1270 Sanchez Street, San Francisco


The Hitchhiker's Guide to Handbells:
A Trilogy in Twelve Parts


Why take a terrestrial vacation this summer when you can add a little something... extra? Grab your towel and your copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Handbells and join Bell Appeal for a wild ride through the universe with Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Jason Mraz, the Beatles, and more as we hit all the best roadside attractions to the outer edges of space and back in search for the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Saturday, August 11, 7:30pm
St. Aiden's Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco

Sunday, August 12, 2:30pm
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
678 Portola Drive, San Francisco




It's About Time!
A handbell concert for the times.

Friday, March 30, 8:00pm
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church 
114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Saturday, March 31, 7:30pm
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
678 Portola Drive, San Francisco


You've been to handbell concerts before: Christmas carols, church music. Well, "It's About Time" you heard handbells do something new! Join Bell Appeal this March as we perform a concert of time-themed songs from Coldplay, RENT, Christina Perri, and more. It's sure to be a good time!




A Roaring Success! 

handbells under the t-rex

Thank you to everyone who joined us this busy season! We provided music for a beautiful wedding ceremony, found our inner child at A Charlie Brown Christmas jazz vespers, and played Christmas music under an enormous T-Rex skeleton at the California Academy of Sciences. Now it's time for a well-deserved break before we prepare for the latest and greatest. Have a wonderful holiday season!



NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

Bell Appeal will perform a selection of Christmas music for the attendees of  
Cal Academy's NightLife. Sip cocktails, explore the exhibits, and enjoy the sound of Christmas bells at this unique event!

Thursday, December 15
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Admission $12


8th Annual United Methodist Church Handbell Festival

A day spent rehearsing five African-American spirituals in a mass ring setting, culminating in a concert featuring these and other ensembles' solo pieces.

Saturday, November 5 
Concert at 5pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
910 E. North St.
Manteca, CA 95336



Summer of Love

Thanks to all who joined us for Bell Appeal's Summer of Love concert, it was groovy! 

Couldn't make it this time? See video here.











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