Handbell Quartets For Christmas, Paul Ellsworth

Posted by AJ Harbison at 3:28 am

I’ve written before about the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers that I belong to, and their monthly listening pages. For their Christmas edition this year, the featured works were by a young composer named Paul Ellsworth (www.ellsworthcreations.com): two Christmas songs for handbell quartet. I always enjoy handbell music, so I headed over to the YouTube videos linked on the listening page and checked them out. I was pleasantly surprised–they really are for handbell quartet, meaning there are only four people, but they do things with handbells I’ve never seen at speeds I’ve never imagined. Most people, I think, enjoy handbell music, but it’s worth checking out these videos just to see the performers and all the cool stuff they do. Not least of their accomplishments is that these long and complicated arrangements are all memorized–not that they’d have time to look at music anyway. The group is called Five Octave Frenzy, and they’re part of the music department at The Master’s College. The first video is five and a half minutes long, the second is five and a quarter. The performers from left to right are Amanda Madrid, Leslie Ann Tulloch, Hannah Cooper, and the composer himself, Paul Ellsworth.

“Sing We Now A’Wassailing”:

Merry Christmas from all of us (i.e. me) here at The Listening Blog!



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    Idhrendur on 12.26.2008


    ‘Twas strangely reminicent of drumline, though. It made me miss doing percussion a bit.

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