Bells on the Road – Ontario Festival 2013

Fourteen of us headed off to London Ontario, May 23rd to take part in the 2013 bi-annual festival of the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers, along with four hundred other ringers from all over Ontario. We returned in the wee hours of Sunday morning, May 26th and some of us still made it to church! Here are some comments from a few of the ringers as they share their thoughts about their Festival 2013 experience. I hope you had a wonderful summer. See you in church when you are back in town. Keep safe.

Carolyn Martin

Diana Kennedy (Ingram)

We had a wonderful time at the festival. It was probably the best festival we have had and I have been to many over the last twenty years. The Raleigh Ringers from North Carolina performed for us on the Thursday evening and they were talented, friendly, sharing bell nerds. Their director was the festival conductor and he was terrific. He had an ability to connect with every soul in the room, keep their attention and have them do things they never knew they could do. The extra activities were fun as well. The weather sucked as it was really cold walking back and forth from residence to Alumni Hall but we had a terrific time.

Gab Serruya (Brass)

The bells festival was amazing!!   The guest conductor was inspiring and the chance to get to know our own bell ringers even better was fantastic. It has reminded me of how much I enjoy music (making it, living and breathing it!). Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Janet Benedict (Brass)

This year’s festival was exciting for both old and new ringers. Our conductor was so amazing. He helped us understand the music in a different way through explanations, examples and stories.  He connected with the 420 ringers individually through humour and wit.  It was a great experience for new ringers and made the rest of us realize that we still have a lot to learn as veteran ringers.

Yvonne Gettins (Ingram)

The festival was a great deal of fun, a chance to learn new skills, and connect with other ringers from across the province.

Nagaty Banayoty (Brass)

The festival was a great experience for me. I know now what I missed by not joining this event before. I met new people and found out about new tools and bell equipment. I did enjoy it .

Val Clowes (Ingram)

It was immense fun to try the different ringable things in the Raleigh Ringers’ collection, and even more fun to chat with them and glean information; they’re definitely the most friendly, knowledgeable handbell nerds I’ve ever met. Would have loved to spend a whole week …

Laurenne Costinak (Brass)

My ears will still be ringing for a long while after playing alongside so many people at the festival. I learned a lot about bells, rang some I didn’t know even existed, and picked up fantastic tie-dyed gloves along the way. Mind-blowing!

Maria Banayoty (Brass)

It was a great experience, fun-filled but also very tiring! Looking forward to the next festival!

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