The Clifton Handbell Ringers are in concert with the Fixby Songbirds as part of the Brighouse Arts Festival.
The Concert is on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at St John’s Church Rastrick (HD6 1HN) Map Link) from 7:30pm Tickets £6.50 concessions £5.00 Two award winning local musical ensembles will perform a range of songs and instrumental music.
Saturday 5th April, saw the Village team in concert again, this time we were back with our friends at Horbury Methodist Church. We performed a full repertoire of 14 songs including 2 new songs which had their first public performance.
The team were well received as usual, and we thank everyone who made it possible.
Saturday 1st Feb, was an awful evening weather wise, but the Village team were out in Concert with a local singing group called 5 in Harmony.
The concert was at Salendine Nook Baptist Church Huddersfield and was well received by the audience.
Thursday 9th January was just a normal day for the team members of Clifton (Village) Hand-Bell Ringers, until mid-morning, when the members of the team received a text message from Peter Fawcett, asking if would be possible for members to attend this evening’s practise in uniform, as he had a local reporter attending to take some photos.
Lunchtime came and another text again from Peter saying the reporter was coming from Look North and actually they were going to do some filming, not take some still photos and the reporter would hopefully be TV presenter Harry Gration from BBC’s Look North.
We all arrived in uniform at the Bell Room, and proceeded to set the Bells up in the Church its’ self rather than down in choir vestry as it would look much better if we were going to be on TV! The bells were set-up and talk came of if it would really be Harry of just a junior reporter. Peter assured us that he was told it would be Harry and so we warmed the Bells up and started a bit of a practise to try and work out which bots were going to play. One of the members originally wasn’t coming to the practise as they had a family party but they turned up.
Whilst we were working out what we were going to play, the camera man turned up and started un-packing his gear ready, and another comment came out across the table “If Harry Gration turns up I will eat that piano” we all chuckled and the comment helped everyone get focussed for the task ahead, whilst having a final run through you would never believe it, but Harry Gration walked in, and we all have a little chuckle based on the previous comment.
He introduced his self and the team were ready for the filming to take place. We quickly went through the pieces we had prepared and we made our choice. Harry wanted to be part of the ringing, so we filmed the last part of Teddy Bear’s picnic with Harry joining I on the last note! It went down very well, and then Harry proceeded to perform a couple of interviews with team members and then he left, as he had to be back in Leeds to present again later that evening.
The cameraman took some arty shots, of close-ups of the bells, and team members whilst we played through the last few bars of Pirates of the Caribbean, after about 30 mins and about 10 times he had all the footage he needed, and he explained that the piece should be run on tomorrow (Friday’s) evening edition of Look North.
Friday came, and the piece was actually ready and it ran on the Lunch Time edition first which aired on the BBC at approx. 13:00, followed by a second airing on the evening edition at 19:30.
I must say a big thanks to everyone involved, from Peter for getting the BBC involved, to the Church for use of the Church at such short notice and to the team for coming along and giving the BBC what they needed.
For those who haven’t seen the final video a copy is available on the CHBR web site http://www.chbr.co.uk
The Clifton Handbell Ringers along with Ringing for Gold’s author Peter Fawcett, should hopefully be featured on the West Yorkshire Local News programme Look North tomorrow evening (Friday 10/01/2014).
The news article arranged by Peter is to try and publicise Handbell Ringing, across and the county and features interviews with presenter Harry Gration and some ringing from the team. Make sure you catch Look North tomorrow from 18:30.
The Team Pictured with BBC Look North Presenter Harry Gration
The Village team will be performing in two concerts during April & May 2013
The first in on Saturday 26th April & the Second Wednesday 1st May, we will try and get some further video and photos to ensure the site is kept up to date, wouldn’t want anyone to think the stuff on here was getting old! 🙂
Saturday 1st December saw the Village Ringers pack the kit up and travel down the M1 to Sheffield to join the Stannington Brass Band in their Christmas Concert Celebration.
We had an excellent evening, the bells were greatly received and everyone passed comment on the sound they made!
Thanks to everyone who made it possible, and thanks again to Stannington for having us!
Olivia Eve Holroyd, Born 9 days ago on Tuesday 4th September 2012 is now the youngest ringer in the Clifton Team. Olivia Daughter of Rebecca & Michael Holroyd who are already members of the team brought Olivia to the weekly Clifton practice, and couldn’t hesitate to give Olivia a bell to hold.
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