The bell choir is comprised of twelve ringers covering our sixty-one bells and sixty-one chimes! While there has been a core of dedicated ringers in the choir, we have also been blessed with a diversity of fine musicians who have rung with us as they migrated in and out of Washington. Periodically, a handbell quartet, usually drawn from the larger choir, will ring for Sunday morning services. Some of the repertoire that we ring has even been arranged by our own members!
The choir rehearses most Sunday evenings in the Sanctuary from 6:45pm to 8:45pm. We ring for Sunday morning services approximately once a month from September to May. On occasion, the bell choir joins forces with our singing choirs and other instrumentalists for festive services. Metropolitan Ringers also ring extended prelude music before the beautiful, 11pm candlelight service on Christmas Eve. When requested, the group has rung for weddings at our church. Additionally, we have visited other churches to help them launch their own bell programs. Over the years, many choir members have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in various area festivals where several hundred ringers gather and ring together. We have also been invited a number of times to the National Gallery of Art where, along with our Chancel Choir, we supported caroling and presented Christmas repertoire to appreciative folks who were browsing in the Gallery.
For more information about Metropolitan Ringers, please email Susan Staines.
Did You Know?
Metropolitan Ringers began in 1990 with a congregational campaign to sponsor a bell. Each bell has an inscription in the handle to honor or memorialize a specific, beloved person. The idea took flight and within a few months we were a five-octave bell choir! Gradually, we also added five octaves of handchimes to enhance the range of sounds that we can create.