Hershey Handbell Ensemble - “Committed to advancing the art of handbell ringing through performance, education, and community; uniting people through this musical art.”
Our fourth CD Music of the Nativity Season contains the following music.
Music of the Nativity Season by Donald E. Allured is a medley of Christmas carols including "How Great Our Joy", "Once in Royal David's City", and "O Little Town of Bethlehem (Forest Green tune). This track is conducted by Laine Heltebridle and the ensemble's artistic director, Shawn Gingrich, is the organist.
Alleluia from the cantata “For Us a Child is Born” by Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. by Martha Lynn Thompson.
I Wonder as I Wander arr. by Karen Lakey Buckwalter
Angels from the Realms of Glory (Variations on Regent Square) arr. by Janet Linker and Jane McFadden. This set of variations is conducted by Ruth Dunnewold with Shawn Gingrich, organist
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, arr. by Martha Lynn Thompson employs several percussion instruments as well as the sound of the horse provided by trumpeter Ruth Dunnewold.
Fum, Fum, Fum arr. by Valerie W. Stephenson is a frolicking arrangement played with mallets.
Ukrainian Bell Carol arr. by Hart Morris
Sing We Now of Christmas arr. by Karen Lakey Buckwalter is a medley of "Sing We Now of Christmas", “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” and "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star". Laine Heltebridle, conductor; Shawn Gingrich, organist.
Go Tell it on the Mountain arr. by Sondra K. Tucker Laine Heltebridle, conductor; Shawn Gingrich, organist.
Change Ring Prelude on DIVINUM MYSTRIUM by Fred Gramann - "Of the Father's Love Begotten"
Kling Glöckchen, Klingelingeling arr. by Jefferey A. Hall
Lo, How a Rose Eér Blooming arr. by Cynthia Dobrinski performed with Cynthia Fair, flute
Catalonian Carol arr. Sueda Lutrell, arr. for handbell choir by Arnold Sherman. This arrangement includes John Kilheffer, tambourine
Joy to the World arr. by Cathy Moklebust, Ruth Dunnewold, conductor; Shawn Gingrich, organist
Christmas Carillon by Margaret Tucker
O Come, O Come Emmanuel arr. by Alan Lohr
Masters in This Hall arr. by David Kent
On This Day Earth Shall Ring arr. by Cathy Moklebust performed with Linda Miller, drum
This compilation of reflective, celebratory and exciting Christmas music for handbells is varied and includes something for everyone. We hope you enjoy it!