Creative Connections 

In these times of social distancing and isolation, here are some creative ideas from our directors and ringers to help us all feel connected! We'd love for you to share what you are doing to stay connected, or ideas you have that may inspire the rest of us!

If you have something you'd like to contribute, please email Kim at webmaster@ogehr.ca.


Eleanor McDougall, Knox Bells of Praise

Eleanor submitted this beautiful rendition of I Love You, Lord, a handbell solo piece that she learned during these days of self isolation. Thank you Eleanor for sharing this inspirational music.



Kim Leitch, Handbell Director Trinity Anglican Church, Aurora

Each week, I connect with my handbell choir virtually to explore a piece of handbell music that does have, or may in the future have, meaning for us in our repertoire. I send a link to the music, along with a little back-story about the piece and invite everyone to Reply All with any thoughts, memories it triggers, or inspiration they may have so that we can have a virtual conversation about handbell music.

Last week, I chose Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), by Don McLean, arranged for handbells by Ron Mallory. It is a piece that our group has performed, and is one of my favourites. Feel free to LISTEN AND READ MORE to get the link to the piece and the back-story.

This week, we’re listening to In Quietness and Confidence, by Linda R. Lamb. It inspired me to reflect on messages of quietness and confidence in these troubling times. You can LISTEN AND READ MORE here.

April 5, 2020 is Palm Sunday. My group normally plays on Palm Sunday but of course this year, we're "air-belling" from home. But - did I find a piece to play next year! A Lenten Introspection by Matthew Compton is beautiful, powerful, and moving. LISTEN AND READ MORE here. 

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