I am very grateful that the Westminster Ringers, a handbell choir located in Westminster, Maryland, made themselves available to provide Handchime and Handbell accompaniments for 2 of the hymns on the Hymns and Songs for Living album.
(Small World - This also is the area of the State where the persons live who provided Shuttle Pipe and Celtic Harp accompaniments on Morning Has Broken. That Harpist also formerly rang with the Westminster Ringers for a number of years, and grew up near Ashland, VA, where the recording studio is located where this album was completed.)
The Westminster Ringers was formed in September of 1997 to provide gifted musicians the opportunity to play advanced handbell repertoire at the highest possible level of musical sensitivity and technical clarity. In addition, the ensemble seeks to advance the knowledge, awareness and viability of the art of handbell ringing beyond that normally available to members of volunteer church and school groups.
The Westminster Ringers is the advanced ensemble, and usually ring level 3 through 6 repertoire. Besides performing on the sponsored Winter & Spring concerts, this ensemble performs many more concerts throughout the East Coast and presents many of the workshops by the Westminster Ringers, Inc. The Westminster Ringers is recognized as one of America's premier professional ensembles.
In 2010, the Westminster Ringers expanded the number of ringing ensembles to include:
Larry and his wife, Debbie Henning, are the co-founders of the Westminster Ringers, Inc. Debbie Henning serves for the Westminster Ringers, Inc. as:
He is currently a seventh-grade mathematics teacher at Mt. Airy Middle School in Mt. Airy, MD.
He has also directed:
Larry has been a clinician with Handbell Musicians of America, Area 3, for their Bronze Conference Choir, Read & Ring Workshops, and the Ocean City and Hampton Festival. He studied conducting under William Payn.
She is also a member of Westminster Ringers. She has been involved with handbells for over 45 years as both a ringer and a director. She currently directs Accelerando, teaches early childhood music and movement classes and is the Director of Music at Grace UMC in Gaithersburg, MD.
In addition to her musical activities, Debbie loves to quilt, sew and cross stitch. Debbie has served Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) Area 3 for many years as a clinician, organizer and member of the Board.
The repertoire of the Westminster Ringers can be vast in genre, encompassing - classical, secular, original, holiday and sacred, as well as many toe-tapping melodies. They also seek to expand the horizons of the secular hand bell repertoire by commissioning new original, or arrangements for handbell repertoire.
The Westminster Ringers, Inc. sponsors many workshops for churches or schools as well as teaches classes at the region and National handbell events. Individual handbell ringers/directors register for these one or two day events that have a per person fee.
The Westminster Ringers are appointed to the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster. That Roster is a listing of Maryland-based performing artists who are experienced, organized and professional. Artists who are appointed to the Touring Roster have been selected through a peer review process in which they are rated on artistic merit and on a demonstrated history of successful touring engagements. (Maryland State Arts Council is an agency of the State of Maryland under the authority of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. )
Westminster Ringers, Inc. owns:
Prospective members who want to arrange an audition, or those desiring to arrange a concert by the Ringers can contact the Managing Director at: