Ding dong mer­rily on high

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Hand­bell ringers and singers will com­bine for a feast of fes­tive mu­sic at Dun­blane Cathe­dral on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9.

Over 30 hand­bell mu­si­cians with wood­wind, strings, per­cus­sion and key­board in­stru­men­tal­ists aged 8 to adult and over 20 singers will com­bine when Dun­blane Cathe­dral Hand­bell En­sem­bles present their Car­ols and Car­il­lons Christ­mas Con­cert.

The 90 minute per­for­mance from 7.30pm will fea­ture the rich sounds of Sweet Har­mony Bar­ber­shop Cho­rus Male Voice Choir.

All are wel­come at the pop­u­lar event, at which all of the Cathe­dral’s chil­dren’s, youth and adult hand­bell groups will per­form Christ­mas mu­sic from through the ages, from tra­di­tional car­ols to mod­ern fes­tive mu­sic.

There will also be au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion with a chance to join in singing sev­eral well-known car­ols ac­com­pa­nied by strings, wood­wind, key­boards, hand­bells and per­cus­sion. Cof­fee/tea and mince pies will be avail­able fol­low­ing the per­for­mances.

Dun­blane Cathe­dral’s hand­bell en­sem­bles have an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion and have ap­peared many times on tele­vi­sion.

Mal­colm Wilson, who leads the en­sem­bles, saidthe cathe­dral had Scotland’s largest range of hand­bells and this con­cert gives the op­por­tu­nity to hear chil­dren as young as 8, through to teenagers and adults per­form a wide range of mu­sic.Ad­mis­sion is £8 (con­ces­sions £5, chil­dren free). Tick­ets are also avail­able from Small­print, Beech Road, Dun­blane; Bridge of Al­lan Post Of­fice; or Kil­madock Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, Doune.

Fes­tive note Dun­blane Cathe­dral Hand­bell En­sem­ble stag­ing Christ­mas con­cert

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