Information for prospective members
- General information
- Joining the team
- Contact us
The objectives of the Team are to study and practise handbell ringing, and to perform in public in order to foster knowledge and appreciation of the art. We also raise money for charitable causes, particularly the Children’s Society.
We welcome new ringers to the team. If you are interested please read this page and explore the rest of our website to see what will be expected of you. Young ringers from 10 years old and above are especially welcome, as are adults of any age. There is an annual membership subscription (rates available on request) which includes membership of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain.
We meet on Friday evenings between 7.15 and 10pm at St Lawrence church hall in the centre of Chobham village. There is free car parking nearby. On a typical practice evening we play for about two hours, plus time for setting up, a refreshment break and packing away.
We play from standard musical notation. If you do not read music but want to give it a try we will help you to learn.
We aim always to play to the highest possible standards. This is partly for a sense of personal challenge and fulfilment for team members and, of course, to ensure that audiences have an excellent musical experience. Our popularity and our ability to raise funds through concerts and the sale of CDs depend on our reputation as good musicians.
Joining the team
We don’t audition new members as their musical experience varies. Instead you will be expected to attend Friday practices regularly for a few weeks or months to see whether you feel confident and committed enough to become a full member. We expect new members to apply themselves as vigorously as possible, playing to the best of their ability. The rest of the team, particularly the Musical Director, will support you and provide coaching. To start with you will probably be asked to duplicate another member of the team playing the same bells, to help you gain confidence. The Director will assign you to your own playing position when he feels you are ready for it.
We have a very full calendar of events through the year, particularly in December when we may have four or five performances some weekends with additional midweek events. We expect team members to attend all performances and Friday practices (unless they are working or have essential family commitments) in order to ensure the best standard of ringing for our audiences (and least pressure on other team members).
As well as our own concert performances we participate regularly in local and national rallies, and occasionally international events, which gives the opportunity to meet and ring with other handbell teams.
A copy of the team constitution is available on request. Contact us for further information by clicking here.