Virginia Handbell Consort to ring in the holidays with free concert Sunday

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Williamsburg Presbyterian Church has announced a concert of holiday favorites performed by the Virginia Handbell Consort (VHC) on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The free performance is a way to ring in the holidays — literally. 

VHC is an advanced community handbell ensemble, consisting of auditioned musicians from across Hampton Roads. The group recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary, over which time it has released seven recordings and traveled extensively.

They seek to advance the art of ringing through performances year-round, commissioning new music, and hosting workshops and seminars. Holiday performances feature a mix of well-known seasonal pieces; both sacred and secular, exciting and introspective. 

“We have not performed in Williamsburg in some time, and are looking forward to seeing old friends and introducing new acquaintances to the art of advanced handbell ringing,” explains director Al Reese. “This season’s concert features Leroy Anderson’s classic A Christmas Festival, a stunning rendition of O Little Town of Bethlehem, with a dash of Elvis thrown in. We know everyone will leave with a smile on their face and a bounce in their step.”

The VHC is lively, fun entertainment; their performance is a delight for all ages. The free concert will be presented at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at 215 Richmond Road on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Learn more about VHC at vhcbells.org.

Submitted by Norman Elton

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