What strange times we are in! Last year at this time, the 2019 Festival Committee was in the final stages leading to the festival in London. Today, most of us are self- isolating, and our handbells are silent, except for what we hear on Youtube. No one knows how this pandemic will be affecting our lives a year from now.
However, the 2021 Festival Committee is in full swing. Meetings started 6 months ago, and we are gearing up for a great handbell festival in Kingston, May 27-29, at St. Lawrence College. Guidelines for social gatherings will be monitored and will be taken into consideration with our planning
We are thrilled to have Kathleen Wissinger as our guest director, and Lisa Kyriakides, once again, to direct the Gold Choir and O Canada. Music selections have been finalized, based on the theme, It’s About Time.
St. Lawrence College is accessible for those with mobility issues. Residence, Food Services and the Ringing Floor are all in close proximity.
All festival communication will be done electronically, including the registration. Please share information with those who are not connected to the Internet.
It’s About Time - Mark your calendars, and hopefully we can ring together next spring.
Gail Bowes - 2021 Festival Co-ordinator
The Festival theme is It’s About Time which speaks to our Time to ring bells together again, Time signatures and changes of Time in the themes of our chosen pieces. It is also Time to think of our relations with Indigenous peoples as we spend quiet Time near the waters of Lake Ontario. Our logo designer, OGEHR member Madeline Lang, has created an image of Kingston’s iconic limestone City Hall, the First Capital of Canada, with its bell tower and clock. It’s About Time the bell festival returned to Kingston, The Limestone City!