While handbells are a relatively easy instrument to learn, they still offer complexity and much variety in sound. Even those who have played in handbell choirs for a long time will enjoy learning new skills and honing current ones. Here are seven techniques from Successful Ringing Step by Step by John A. Behnke that will help ringers have fun and get a variety of sounds out of the bells.
Pentecost is a long and wonderful season when we focus on how God grows His Church through His Word. This is a time when our music selections can reflect biblical themes—such as peace, baptism, hope and comfort, or missions—rather than specific holidays. Here are some music selections your church can use during the season after Pentecost.
It’s that time of year again—time for our new music to be released! We’re excited to share with you CPH’s new music for 2018. This year’s collection features 33 choral pieces, 19 titles for organ or piano, and 10 handbell works. A few highlights are detailed below. At the end of the post, you can download the digital music catalog to browse all of the new pieces.
Luther taught that the purpose of church music is not to entertain but to share the Gospel. CPH composer Lauran Delancy takes that to heart in all of her arrangements. Her new piece, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” uses rich symbolism, as well as excellent musical craft, to evoke the painfulness of Jesus’ crucifixion and the hope of His resurrection.
Lent begins in less than one month! If you’re looking for some special music to incorporate into your repertoire this season, here are some of our recently added Lenten selections to check out.
We know many of you are getting started recruiting musicians and selecting music for this year. To help you with that, we’ve put together a list of pieces you may want to consider for Advent and Christmas. Feel free to check out our Advent and Christmas playlist on YouTube as well!
This post is adapted from A Novice’s Guide to Directing the Church Choir by Kenneth T. Kosche. Though written specifically for choirs, the suggestions can apply to any church ensemble.
Rapport is one of those relational terms that most easily defines itself by its presence or absence. How well you get along with your choir and they with you is a measure of your rapport. There are no surefire solutions that will work for everyone to establish rapport, though there are some points of advice to offer.
As some churches move toward high-tech services with more modern music, some may consider handbells old fashioned, out of date, or just not interesting. But handbell ensembles have specific benefits that can’t be matched by other types of ensembles. Because of their unique, irreplaceable roles, they are as important in the church as they have ever been.
Looking for some new pieces to add variety to your church’s music during the Easter season? Here’s an overview of our customers’ five favorite Easter pieces. Listen to each piece below, then head to the CPH website to browse the complete section of music for the Easter season.
With Lenten, Holy Week, and Easter services to prepare for, this can be a very busy time of the year for church musicians! If you're still looking for a few more pieces to incorporate into your Lenten repertoire, we've curated a quick list for you.