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New Zealand


From  left:  Brian  Gauld,  Alison Thomson,  Cheryl Telle,  Glenis  McCosh,  Margaret Smith,  Dorothy Hancock,  Ann Day,  Barbara Gauld,  Margaret  Jones,  Betty Upton,  Brenda Claridge,  Alison Miller (Director)      Absent:   Shirley van Luyt

Handbells at the Airport

May 28, 2017

Monday, 29 May was the day we had a fleeting visit from Kathie Fink, solo ringer supreme.  She was part of a tour group from the USA who were seeing the sights of New Zealand, having earlier been to Australia.   Some of our group (Richmond Handbell Ringers) met her at the Christchurch International Airport.  We set up the bells and played a few pieces, and then Kathie mesmerised us with her extraordinary ability, and lightning fast hand movements.  She played some Christmas music (Christmas in May, I called it). Her ringing was effortless, and on mostly borrowed bells and chimes.  Kathie is a wonderful ambassador for the handbell ringing fraternity.

Mairangi Bay School, North Shore, Auckland, NZ joins HSA

March 30, 2017

A big welcome to Clare McCormack and the music students of Mairangi Bay School, North Shore, Auckland, NZ .  This school is putting the new three octave set of Schulmerich Handchimes to very good use under Claire’s talented leadership.  Claire, who is the music specialist at Mairangi Bay School, is both Orff and Kodaly trained and the school’s middle and senior students are enjoying using the hand chimes in the music classroom. A special hand chime group will be starting in Term 2.

New Chimes for Mairangi Primary School

February 28, 2017

Allison Miller modelling the new chimes supplied to Mairangi Primary School, in New Zealand.  The chimes have been called” HSA “Alison Miller” handchimes.  Alison is the New Zealand representative and a former Vice President of the HSA.

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