This summer, Amy & Wendy decided to prepare a special piece to perform at the Master's College annual Bellfest and chose the song "O Holy Night". While they have been ringing bells for a long time, this was Emily and Kelly's first time to ring handbells and they were very eager to learn. The girls had a lot of fun practicing together and filling the house with music and were able to pull it off. It was amazing to see how quickly the piece came together and how smoothy it went.
After an audition, the girls were invited to perform in the Master's college Bellfest and everyone enjoyed it!
The girls enjoyed playing this song on the handbells and the four of them look forward to performing together again.
Very, very clever girls, you deserve to be a proud father, but this reminds me of an old Campanologists joke.
Quasimodo was the famous hunch back of Notre Dame. After his death, the bishop of the Cathedral sent word through the streets of Paris that he needed a new bell ringer or campanologist.
The Bishop decided that he would conduct the interviews personally and so he went up into the belfry to begin the screening process.
After observing several applicants demonstrate their skills, he shook his head - none were as good as Quasimodo.
Just as the bishop was leaving, a man with no arms approached him and announced that he was there to apply for the bell ringer's job.
The bishop was incredulous. 'But, you have no arms!'
'No matter', said the man. 'Observe!' And he began striking the bells with his face, producing a beautiful melody on the bells. The bishop listened in astonishment; convinced he had finally found a replacement for Quasimodo.
But suddenly, rushing forward to head the bell, the armless man tripped and plunged headlong out of the belfry window. Sadly, he died on the the street below.
The stunned bishop rushed to the armless man. When he reached the street, a crowd had gathered around the fallen figure, drawn by the beautiful music they had heard only moments before.
As they silently parted to let the bishop through, one of them asked, 'Bishop, who was this man?' .
'I don't know his name', the bishop sadly replied, 'but his face rings a bell.'
Posted at 11/28/2010 22:44:55 by Ian Randall
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