KUC is doing a new thing!
And it’s a bold and exciting initiative! We have chosen to have our Music Ministry led by the many talented musicians in our congregation.
The “Music Leadership Needs Group” continues to ask for volunteers for music leadership and we are gratefully overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response! Beside keyboard players and choir leadership, other musical talent has graciously offered their time and talent. We continue to try to involve all the musical talent that we have in our congregation to participate in the music leadership for Kamloops United. We have a list of volunteers for choir directors, keyboardists, soloists, guitarists, etc, etc, and etc…
(Photo on right: Sharon R conducting the “Folk of Note”)
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you wish to be included in our list of musical talent, please don`t hesitate to contact anyone in the music needs group – Marg, Gord, Kathy, Sabrina, Nina, Anne L, Ann D and Sadie.
Handbells and Chimes at KUC:
Handbell ringing is truly a delightful way to share music, camaraderie, and our faith journey. Whether you are a new or experienced ringer, a member of KUC or not, we invite you to experience the music, fun, frustrations, fun, laughter, fun and the pure enjoyment that ringing handbells can bring. There is a place for you!
Our KUC groups rehearse weekly at Kamloops United Church
Harmony in Hand on Monday afternoons from 4 – 6 pm
The Chimers on Monday early evenings from 6 – 7 pm
Bells of Note on Monday evenings from 7 – 9 pm.
Ensemble Group on Monday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
To Join Us:
If you are interested in handbell ringing or playing handchimes, especially as an expression of your faith – this is an opportunity to do so in the local community and beyond. Please contact either June (Bells of Note & Ensemble Group) or Karen (Harmony in Hand & Chimers) through the Church Office at 250-372-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond the basics:
KUC has had handbells as a regular part of Sunday worship and community outreach since 1997. We are blessed to have two handbell choirs, a small Ensemble group and the Chimers. “Harmony in Hand”, directed by Kelvin Barlow and Karen McClelland, is for newer ringers. “Bells of Note”, directed by June Routledge, is for experienced ringers who enjoy the challenge of more advanced techniques. The ensemble group performs more advanced music with fewer ringers (a real challenge), and the “Chimers” are a recent addition to our Music Ministry. These energetic and enthusiastic special needs young adults rehearse weekly under Sylvia Weedmark and Karen McClelland’s direction. They have performed in Christmas and Spring concerts as well as participating in worship services at KUC.
You can hear these bell choirs not only monthly at KUC, but also throughout the year within Kamloops and the surrounding area. Here are events until Christmas:
- Thurs. Nov. 28, “Light up the Night”, St. Andrew’s on the Square, 5:15 – 5:50pm
- Sat. Nov 30, “Ringing in Christmas”, Handbell/Chimers Concert with special guests Kamloops School District Children’s Honour Choir, Kamloops United Church at 2pm. Admission by donation
- Sun. Dec 15, Sagebrush Theatre, 7pm as special guests of the Kamloops School District Honour Choirs Concert
- Mon. Dec 23, Delta Sun Peaks Resort Hotel, 4-5pm in the lower lobby
Tues. Dec. 24th Christmas Eve. Service Kamloops United Church 7pm
Some highlights of past years – guest performances with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, Thompson Valley Community Orchestra, and Kamloops Choristers. We have also performed Christmas Concerts at the Sun Peaks Delta Resort Hotel, various Seniors Residences, I.O.D.E Provincial Conference, and several churches in New Westminster, Surrey, Abbotsford and here in Kamloops.
As a part of regular continuing music development, members of both handbell choirs participate in Provincial Handbell Guild Conferences as well as National and International Handbell Festivals. Some members are widely travelled attending workshops in Winnipeg, Toronto, Hawaii, London (Ont), Calgary, Edmonton, Liverpool and even a handbell cruise in the Caribbean! In May, we hosted the Provincial Guild Spring Ring at Thompson Rivers University. The public enjoyed two evening concerts featuring guest conductors of massed bell choirs, a wide variety of BC bell choirs and smaller groups. With over 100 bell ringers in attendance, these concerts provided the public an opportunity to ENJOY handbells amplified!
For more pictures of the handbell ringers, see our Photo page.