You never said anything about choreography
October 31, 2017 8:21 PM   Subscribe

Yes, yes, it's just Halloween, too early for Christmas music. But if you hope to play this arrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus for handbell quartet before the end of the year, you'd better get to rehearsing.
posted by fantabulous timewaster (11 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
You can tell they performed this in a church even if you don't watch the video due the sound of the ever-present cough at 1:20. Can't have an un-amplified performance in church without someone coughing loudly right in the middle of it!
posted by thecjm at 8:27 PM on October 31, 2017

Full Contact Campanology!!!
posted by jim in austin at 8:55 PM on October 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

Man, Easter seems to come earlier every year!
posted by Atom Eyes at 10:12 PM on October 31, 2017 [4 favorites]

I enjoyed this very much!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:21 PM on October 31, 2017

What a treat to watch!

I was in a children's handbell choir for 2 years; it was great fun. The only real drawback was that I already had nearly adult-sized hands, so none of the white gloves in our set really fit. And no way were my parents going to splash out on a pair of ladies' white dress gloves for a nine-year-old!

Sometimes if you got on the director's bad side, you'd get assigned to the low G bell, which was rarely used and took two hands to ring.

But it was sublimely putty music. We played one piece that was done entirely in pizzicato. You felt like you were inside a music box.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 12:35 AM on November 1, 2017 [3 favorites]

I love this! It's dance cardio, chamber music, and a constraint satisfaction problem all at once.
posted by batter_my_heart at 1:02 AM on November 1, 2017 [2 favorites]

The handbell choir at my church has been shorthanded since my kids left for college. Last week, there were only four people, and the pastor jokingly referred to them as a quartet. I need to send this to them to show it can be done!
posted by Miss Cellania at 4:46 AM on November 1, 2017 [5 favorites]

Oh, Handel. And here I was excited/horrified it was Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Which of course has been done on handbells: 100 ringers, SF State, Noteworthy, organ fill. None with only four very swift musicians though.
posted by Nelson at 7:46 AM on November 1, 2017 [1 favorite]

This was delightful!
posted by ellieBOA at 8:03 AM on November 1, 2017

Pair that up with the original (accept no substitutes) Turtle Creek Chorale and their drag nuns’ “signed accompaniment” to a professional symphony chorus’s “Halleujah” (I had originally assumed that it was the Dallas Symphony Chorus, as that’s where they’re from, but they perform all over the world and i can’t find a credit for the singers), and you’ve got quite the entertaining double-bill!
posted by tzikeh at 8:25 AM on November 1, 2017 [1 favorite]

This is so lovely. And I'm actually enjoying the earworm I have from this video. Thank you for posting.
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