Looking to dust off those handbells in the music closet and start a handbell choir this year? Great! First of all, check out this helpful resource from Reformed Worship - lots of practical information for getting started, recruiting, and choosing repertoire.
In today's post, I thought it might be helpful to share a round-up of free music resources. Yes, free!
These sites offer a variety of arrangements for bell choirs - some for a small number of bells, others for as many as 5 octaves, some with piano/organ accompaniment, others with instrumental parts. Whether you play them in worship or use them for extra reading practice in rehearsals, you can't beat free!
One quick note: Because these are free arrangements, the engraving (the way the music is notated in the score) for some may not be as professional as something you buy from a publisher. If this doesn't bother you, or if you can work with it, by all means. Just wanted to mention it.
Free Music for Handbell Choirs
We Gather Together
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Christmas Carol Medley
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
What Child is This?
Holy, Holy, Holy
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Take My Life and Let it Be
Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
Go My Children With My Blessing
Looking for more music suggestions? See this post.
Adventures in Bell Ringing: How to Start a Bell Choir
Adventures in Bell Ringing: Improvisation Activities
Adventures in Bell Ringing: Free Handbell Acclamation!
5 Creative Ways to Use Handbells in Worship