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Read & Ring 2020 - UPDATE

Join Bells of the Cascades members for Read & Ring 2020!

2020 has been quite the year so far! Bells of the Cascades, just like all other handbell ensembles, has had to cancel events and adapt to the current medical/scientific guidelines on living with the coronavirus. Therefore, our Read and Ring event on Saturday, August 8 will not take place as originally planned.

We are keeping the date, but we’re changing the location and adding a virtual video stream that we will make available to anyone, anywhere, for a suggested optional donation. We ARE going to also be holding a modified, in-person program at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church in Vancouver, WA. We will set up tables and bells at appropriate distances, and we’ll require that all participants wear a mask. Some members of Bells of the Cascades will be attending at their discretion.

Although we are still refining the details, we expect to offer two 2-hour (or so) sessions during the day, and some part of it will focus on music that may be well suited to our new circumstances, particularly off-the-table arrangements such as 4-in-hand quartets and 8- and 12-bell arrangements. We want to provide options that are flexible for distancing and a way for bells to be included in worship (live or streamed) without risk.

If you would like to join us, please come back and watch for updates to this site, visit us on our Facebook page, or sign up for our mailing list and watch for emails. As soon as we can, we’ll be announcing the details!
  

Community Concert Series Performance!

Update: Due to concerns about COVID-19 and public health, Woodburn UMC has CANCELLED this concert. We hope you all stay healthy!

Bells of the Cascades is celebrating 30 years of ringing this year! As part of that celebration, we’ve been asked to be featured performers on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Woodburn United Methodist Church, for their “Who’s On Third?” community concert series. Here are the details!
 

30th Anniversary Concert Performance!

"Tell Me A Story" Bells of the Cascades 30th Anniversary Concert

Update: We have sadly decided to POSTPONE our 30th Anniversary celebration until either August or September, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please stay tuned for further updates, and please take care of yourselves and your loved ones!

“Tell me a story!” That’s what we’ll do for you, in music, as we celebrate 30 years of bringing handbell ringing to the Portland/Vancouver area on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Each of the pieces in this concert has a story behind it. We’ll share them all, along with the beautiful, exciting, haunting, uplifting, and FUN music to go along with them. Held at First United Methodist Church in Portland, this is definitely not a concert to miss!
Here are the details!
 

See you at National Seminar!

Bells of the Cascades in concert with the Melodica Men

We’re going to Florida!

Bells of the Cascades is thrilled to have been selected to perform at Handbell Musicians of America’s National Seminar in Orlando, Florida in July, 2020.  Our 2019 concert with the Melodica Men was so much fun that we’ve invited them to perform with us as we celebrate 30 years of ringing by performing at National Seminar.  The concert will be July 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern).  As we get closer, we’ll post information regarding live streaming of the concert.

In the meantime, enjoy this clip from this past June!

 

Read & Ring 2019

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the Read and Ring event this year. Thanks to all who have expressed interest. Stay tuned for more opportunities to engage with Bells of the Cascades’ ringing events in the future!

On Saturday, August 17, Bells of the Cascades offers a wonderful opportunity for handbell directors and ringers to read through music for all seasons, decide what you like, and purchase it for your choir to use during the year. Bring your choir or come alone and meet new people!
    

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