Four Pieces for Advent: A New Handbell Collection

Surprise! I released my first collection of handbell music this week!

Four Pieces for Advent is a digital collection of four simple pieces for your Advent worship services. These pieces are designed to add a creative element into your services - thoughtful ways to incorporate handbells in new and unique ways.

The music in this collection is written for 2-octave handbells (12 bells), so they’re easy to learn and accessible for smaller (and younger) groups.

Also, this means that with just six players, you can share this music in worship without tables, notebooks, and stands.

This means you are free to play in a different place than normal. Try ringing from the side aisles or while processing in (if your players can walk and ring at the same time!). Play from the balcony or the narthex, or stand in a semicircle up in the chancel. Mix it up and try something new!

Use these pieces as preludes, acclamations or processionals, reflective prayer responses, or as music during communion. Performance notes are included for each piece.

Want to peek inside? Here are a few sample pages from the collection:

*Please note: This is a digital download product. No physical music will be mailed to you.
Your purchase includes a license to print as many copies as you need for your handbell ensemble.

What’s Included:

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

This arrangement features the cello (or any C instrument), with handbells accompanying. The simple, scalar melody paired with the plaintive tolls of the bells matches the inner longing we feel during Advent as we wait for Christ’s return.

Glorioso II

Inspired by the popular handbell acclamation, Glorioso (get your free copy here), this festive processional is based on a collection of repeated musical patterns. Each person is assigned two bells and one 2-measure pattern to play.

Advent Processional

Like Glorioso II, this simple processional is based on a collection of repeated patterns. Each person is assigned two bells and one pattern to play. It’s written in such a way that it can be used as a stand-alone piece or as an introduction to the hymn, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” (HYFRYDOL).

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Hymn Descant)

Use this descant on one or both verses of the hymn, to add to the congregational singing experience. The descant matches the traditional harmony found in most hymnals.


Four Pieces for Advent

A digital collection for 2-octave handbells (12 bells), featuring four short pieces for your Advent worship services. *Includes a license to print and copy as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

To learn more about Four Pieces for Advent and purchase your copy, click here. Questions? Feel free to reach out to me via email. I’m happy to answer them!