At Good Shepherd on June 12 | Concert at 7:00 pm | Meet and Greet after Concert
Since 1976, the Ringers and Singers Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida, has been making joyous music throughout the world. The group is made up of 24 adults from the church's music program. The choir rings two six-octave sets of English handbells. This gives them over one hundred and forty bells. The bells are cast and handtuned at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, England and range in size from the largest, which weighs almost 28 pounds, to the smallest, which weighs only a few ounces. The group also plays two five-octave sets of Malmark Choirchimes.
Since their beginning in 1976, the group has traveled extensively, performing for churches, schools, and the mission field. Some of their tours have included England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, the Netherlands, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent. Along with touring abroad, the Ringers and Singers have performed throughout the US and Canada.
The director of the Ringers and Singers is Rev. Lee Lallance, Minister of Music and Fine Arts at First United Methodist Church.