Handbell choir tours are a great way for handbell choirs to advance both friendship and musicianship. With a wealth of history in the art of bell casting, England is the natural destination of choice for most handbell choir tours.
Some of our most popular activities include visits to:
- Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London (makers of the Liberty Bell and Big Ben)
- John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough (the largest bell foundry in the world)
- Bell towers throughout Britain
Outside England, other ideal destinations include:
- France (notably the Paccard Bell Foundry in the Rhône-Alpes region)
- Czech Republic
The primary undertaking with a handbell choir tour is to secure first-rate instrument and equipment rental. While most of our clients choose to bring their own handbells, equipment including tables, pads, stands, and lights need to be rented or made available at the scheduled venue.
We aim to custom design an itinerary for your group reflecting your interests, focus, and goals. In the past, this has included allowing groups to arrange some of their own concerts, lodging, or meals with local friends and contacts.
Popular venues for handbell performances
Local churches—Smaller venues that offer personal interaction with a local congregation, such as:
- Bach Church (Arnstadt, Germany)
- St. Thomas’ Church (Prague)
- St. Nicholas’ Church (Galway)
Hospitals and retirement homes—These venues offer groups the chance to perform for those who would not otherwise have the chance to attend a handbell performance. The following offer a memorable contrast to other performance venues:
- Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (London)
- St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute (Vienna)
- Orphanages worldwide
Rehearsals and performances with international peers—These opportunities offer enriching experiences for your performers and allow them to meet and perform with other handbell ringers worldwide. These opportunities include:
- St. David’s Methodist Church (Wales)
- European Handbell Festival