Bell Appeal: A Crash Course
February 17 - April 14
Bell Appeal invites anyone who reads music and has an interest in handbells -- perhaps it's been awhile since you last played, perhaps you've never picked up a handbell at all -- to join us in a crash course on just how to make music with all this "heavy metal" on the table in front of us!
Over the course of 8 weeks, we will work with several clinicians to review the basics and play around with rhythm, weaving, 4-in-hand, bass ringing, cool bell techniques, and more.
While we're working on all this, we will also be preparing four pieces for the Bay Area Spring Ring, as well as putting together a unique, Bell Appeal-style solo piece to perform.
Interested? Drop us a line!
Saturday, February 17, 10am-4pm
"Back to Basics." Lunch included.
Thursdays 2/22 - 4/12, 7-9:30pm
Saturday, April 14 9am-7pm
$150 season dues cover Back to Basics lunch, clinician fees, and Spring Ring registration.*
*Scholarships & payment plans available
Welcome to Bell Appeal!
Bell Appeal is a San Francisco-based community handbell ensemble sponsored by Bethany United Methodist Church. We're "not your mama's handbell choir" -- we've made it our mission to perform a wide range of genres, incorporate singers and instrumentalists from the community, and most importantly, to HAVE FUN while we make great music together.
Many of our pieces you wouldn't find in a typical handbell repertoire as we “appeal” to all tastes: previous concerts have featured a handbell spin on jazz, classic rock, musical theater, and current pop music. We have performed concerts that brought together pieces as varied as Fun.'s "Carry On," "Same Love" by Macklemore, and "Feeling Good" as performed by Michael Bublé.
Any event can be enriched by the distinctive sound of Bell Appeal, and we are available for weddings, office parties, anniversaries, birthday parties, and memorial services. We have performed in a diverse selection of venues including the Neibaum-Coppola Winery, Alta Mira Hotel, the Hornblower Yachts, for the Dance Along Nutcracker, and at the Castro Theater. We would be thrilled to add your event to the list.
Bell Appeal rehearses Thursday nights in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood and welcome all levels of ringers. If you are interested in joining, please drop us a line!
Our group is self-funded. Donations help us pay for new equipment, bell maintenance, and guest musicians so we can continue bringing our unique take on handbells to the Bay Area.