This group meets regularly on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at St Ambrose Church Hall, Glenpark Street, North Mackay at 12.45 pm. Rehearsals go from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm. Experience is not essential, but a love of music and friendship is. The group participates in several public performances during the year at varying venues including shopping centres and aged care facilities.
New members are always welcome – no gender bias – as numbers fluctuate throughout the year as grey nomads go on their vacations.
A little bit more trivia for you. An excerpt from © 2017 Handbell Musicians of America
Handheld chime instruments were developed originally as educational tools. Directors and music therapists who worked with senior adults discovered that the chime instruments, which could be played from a seated position and whose lighter weight put less strain on wrists and arms than handbells, offered an opportunity for seniors to ring in a musical ensemble.
The unique timbre of the handchime gives it its musical “claim to fame.” The handchime blends well with the human voice. Handchimes are now recognized as a beautiful instrument and can be purchased in up to seven octaves. Because the handchime is made from aluminum, it is prone to metal fatigue and when rung loudly too much, the chime can lose its pitch. Handchimes are a relatively new instrument and new possibilities for their use are being developed each year. It has been an interesting evolution to watch.
Would like to join us? No experience necessary
Contact: Beth Wallace 49425574 / 0402573810.
We meet at St. Ambrose Anglican hall in Glenpark St., North Mackay at 12.45pm on the second Monday of each month.
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If you are interested in joining our group, contact Beth Wallace. 4942 5574 or 0402 573 810.
If you would like to join the Musical Chimes Group or talk to someone about it, please send us a message on our Contact Page.