QUOTE(BerkshireMum @ Feb 6 2012, 11:56 PM)
It's quite strange seeing remarks one made almost 4 years ago!
D'oh! I didn't realise I was replying to a 4-year-old comment - must pay more attention!
I wouldn't mind, but as I was typing I was actually thinking how nice it was to see Sarah123 back, because we haven't seen much of her for ages....
I'm very used to following a score, but the thing I find difficult about handbell ringing is that you are responsible for 2 (or 3 or 4) notes, they sometimes come up unexpectedly, and if you miss them... well you've missed them! Also, I find it hard to feel the rhythm unless the playing is absolutely excellent. I struggle with that, as I rely heavily on rhythm. Give me method ringing any day.
A few years ago there was a handbell group playing at a local music festival. There were probably 15 to 20 people performing, and a good balance of men and women. They changed positions for different pieces, and there were times when women were ringing the bass bells that are bigger than your head. They were a really impressive group, and I wish I could remember who they were
And there were several men handbell ringers shown in the Charles Hazlewood bellringing programme recently.
BerkshireMum, I hope you see the back of your cold soon. And I'm glad you are enjoying handbell ringing, and that you've found a group to join.