Carol interludes, BBC Radio 2

During the Chris Evans Breakfast show, 6-30am to 9-30am

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Chris Evans 18 Dec 2012

Chris Evans 18 Dec 2012

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Diary of the day:

—– Original Message —–

 

“Truly honestly sincerely brilliant bellringing”
(Chris Evans December 2012)

 

—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, December 07, 2012 2:51 PM

Subject: ST LAWRENCE HANDBELL RINGERS + CHRIS EVANS
BREAKFAST SHOW, BBC RADIO 2

 

Dear Lance

 

Chris Evans is looking for a group of Handbell Ringers to
perform live carols and Christmas tunes on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show,
Tuesday 18 December.  I have also contacted the Handbell Ringers of Great
Britain to ask their advice just so you know, but haven’t heard back from them
as yet.   If you are free that day it would mean you getting to the
studio in London for 0615 and performing 30 – 40 seconds extracts of Carols and
Christmas tunes every half hour throughout the Show.   We would
provide transport to and from the studio of course.

 

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show
on BBC Radio 2 is the largest of its kind in Europe with 9 million listeners.
If you’d like to find out more, you can visit the website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

 

Many thanks and I look forward
to hearing from you.

 

Best wishes,

Suzie

 

Chris Evans Breakfast Show

BBC Radio 2

 

 

Dear
Suzie,

 

I’m
replying to you on behalf of St Lawrence Handbell Ringers.  Thanks for
your e-mail yesterday to Lance – our Bookings Manager.  We discussed it
last night and we would love to join Chris for his show on 18th December.
There will be about 8 of us – final numbers to be confirmed today.
We will bring bells with us, of course.  Thanks for your offer of
transport, which will be very helpful.  Could it be to and from St
Lawrence Church, in Chobham (not Cobham) Surrey? (Postcode GU24 8AA)

 

Thanks
again for contacting us!  I hope that we will be able to do this and look
forward to meeting you on 18th December.

 

With
best wishes

Tim
Willetts

Musical Director, St Lawrence Chobham Handbell Ringers

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Dear Suzie,

Thanks for your time on the phone yesterday! The team were very
pleased that we have this opportunity. If you would like to visit out website
to listen to some extracts of us playing, please go to http://handbells.chobham.org and click on Our CDs

It is likely that there will be 10 or 11 of us, rather than the
eight I mentioned. I’m pleased that more can be there as it means that we can
play extracts from this year’s Christmas repertoire. It will also mean we can
ring up to 48 bells, which will give the audience a really good idea of what a
full handbell team sounds like. However, I hope you can accommodate 11 ringers
in your studio. We don’t mind standing close together!

Best wishes,

Tim

Hi Tim

 

Thanks for getting back to me.  I’m at
present trying to arrange transport for you all.  I’ve asked for a bus so
you can all travel together, but I’m not sure if this is going to happen as
yet.  It might be I have to book 3 different taxis.  Whatever happens
you will know first thing Monday morning.

 

Your tunes are great!  If you can have
one more up your sleeve just in case that would be even better. 

 

Many thanks again and speak soon.

 

Suzie

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When we arrived we were whisked upstairs to the studio suite
and found that not only was there space for us to practice each piece before we
played on air, but there was also coffee on tap! God Bless the BBC! Speaking
of which, here is the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has come to do his last
Thought For The Day before he retires. He certainly seemed to enjoy our
rehearsal!

The studio itself is very small, and all 12 of us were
crammed into a space about as big as an average space capsule – not that I’ve
ever been in one, but they do look small! Luckily there was also space for a
table, so at least we were able to put accidentals down and pick them up when
needed. “And at the blue microphone, the St Lawrence Chobham Handbell
Ringers!” “Good Morning Chris! Thanks for asking us! Our polo shirts?….
About £15. The bells?…… About 100 years old and cast at the Whitechapel
Bell Foundry not far from here. What should you buy if you were starting
up?…….You could buy a single octave set for around £5,000. Yes, they do
sound beautiful, thanks, and yes, the design of English handbells has remained
very similar since the late 17th Century. Sadly not all the team
are able to be here, but we do have one team member whose birthday is today….
“Happy Birthday, Mrs X!” What now? ……. Now, ladies and gentlemen, St
Lawrence Chobham Handbell Ringers, performing Jingle Bells, with our special
guest, Chris Evans, playing sleigh bells………………………………….…. Chris, you can stop
now! Chris! Stop!”

Five pieces and five lots of banter later we found ourselves
in taxis on the M3 again. Did we enjoy it? Yes! Would we do it again? Yes!
Were Chris and his team pleasant? They were all great! Warm, welcoming and
professional. What did we learn? Look after your bell foam! Take as many
ringers as possible, so that you can play familiar pieces. In a small studio,
even quiet sounds appear loud, and we played better because we could see and
hear each other well.

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Dear Suzie,

 

The handbell team have just had our AGM.  We want to say
a big thank you to you, and to Chris, and your whole team, for inviting us
and for making us feel so welcome, and of course for the opportunity to play
bells on the radio!  We have had masses of good feedback (and no bad
feedback!) both from friends who are bellringers and those who are not.
We hope that you have had positive feedback on that show too, and that
you feel it was worthwhile asking us.

 

Since we don’t have contact details for
anyone else, we would be grateful if you would forward this email to Chris and
the Breakfast Show team.

 

Thanks, Suzie for all that you did to get us there, (and
back!)  If there is any chance of coming back to see you this coming
Christmas, we would love to do so!

Very best wishes

 

Tim

 

 

Hi Tim

 

Thank you so much for your lovely
email.  We really enjoyed having you on the Show last Christmas – you made
everyone feel incredibly festive.  I’ve passed this message on to Chris
and his Editor and fingers crossed they invite you back at the end of the year.
I can’t guarantee this will happen, but you were such a hit it looks highly
possible.

 

Many thanks again to you and all the team,

 

Suziexx