Each year, our handbell ringers, chimers, singers and instrumentalists prepare for this concert featuring handbells, with Choir, Band, organ, piano, handchimes and percussion. From time to time other instruments are added such as trumpet, saxophone, flute and violin. Our concert is approximately one and a half hours in length and suitable for all ages with a variety of music and audience participation.
Our 2014 production Hard Hats, Hammers and Hallelujahs reflects the fact that our church is in the process of renovating. Songs such as If I Had a Hammer – remember Peter Paul and Mary?, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Don’t Stop Believin by Journey and a rousing Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah will engage you and keep your toes tapping.
There is lots of opportunity to sing as well as the chance for audience members to try out the bells, an uncommon experience you’ll be glad you took part in. This family-friendly event is truly a pleasure for all ages who attend.
MusicFest is the annual fundraiser that has supported our many Outreach activities and St. John’s Handbel/Handchime Program. Sleeping Children Around the World will benefit as well as SJYM.