Music Ministry Group 

Purpose: To assure the provision of suitable music in services and activities of KUC throughout the year.
Contact: June Routledge (supported by Gordon Britton, Marg Waldon). The six member group also includes the Choir Librarian and Bell and Chimer Leaders.

Highlight of the year:  Introduction of Jazz Vespers  Maintenance of suitable music leadership throughout the year with volunteer musicians.

Towards a Centre for Community and Spiritual Discovery: Continuing to provide music programming enhanced with varied instrumentalists from the community.

Future plans:
Provision of a paid Music Coordinator beginning September 1, 2016. The AGM in February provided monies for that. The search should be complete by July 1, 2017 and the coordinator to be in place to plan for fall programming, continuing to use volunteer musicians.

Handbell & Chime Music Program – June 2016

Meetings : Mondays 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Ensemble); 4pm-6pm (Harmony in Hand);
6pm-7pm (Musical Chimers); 7pm-9pm (Bells of Note)

Contact Persons: Karen McClelland, Harmony in Hand & Musical Chimers June Routledge, Bells of Note & Ensemble Ringers

Group members:  42+ (includes 15 Bells of Note, 15 Harmony in Hand, & 12 chimers)

– To enhance the worship experience at KUC and other churches though the provision of bell, chime and instrumental and vocal     music that accompany the bells.

– To make handbell musicianship available to members of KUC and surrounding community, regardless of religious affiliation, age or ability, making them feel part of the KUC community.

– To provide an opportunity for people with special needs to learn about music and participate in the music program at KUC.

– To provide music and, through music, a spiritual experience to organizations and groups in the community including seniors homes and health care facilities.

– To expose people to the joy and spirit of music through the provision of bell concerts at KUC and in the community at an affordable price.

– To share the music of the program and provide assistance to other handbell choirs in the area as they grow and develop.

Highlights of the year:

– We started active fundraising for 2 purposes: 1) to assist our ringers in attending the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver in July 2016 and 2) to refurbish and replace the bells and chimes.

– Presentation of a Christmas Concert with special guests, District Honours Choir from the School District and a Spring Bell Concert with special guests, Desert Bells from Cache Creek Area, and the Jeweltones.

– Numerous outreach activities including: Choral Rhapsody at the Sagebrush, Sun Peaks Concert, and Hillside Centre Concert pre Christmas with Bells of Note; Harmony in Hand, Bells of Note and the Ensemble Ringers also provided bell performances at Hamlets, Kamloops Senior Village, Ponderosa, Chartwells, Berwick & Bedford Manor.

Future plans: To participate in the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver in July 2016, providing financial assistance
as able.
To refurbish the three octave set of handbells and as funding becomes available, to purchase a 4th and 5th octave of handbells,     replace the 3 octave set of hand chimes and purchase the lower 4th octave of chimes.
To continue to recruit new ringers for all of the choirs.
To continue outreach and involvement of the KUC and wider communities in the Bell and Chime Program at KUC.

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.
Gail O & choirThe “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…

(Above: Gail O. on the organ)
We also have a list of people willing to be contacted for memorial services.IMG_5414

(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 Gord Britton, Music co ordinator, through the church office.

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

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.

Community Out-Reach
You can hear these bell choirs not only monthly at KUC, but also throughout the year within Kamloops and the surrounding area.  Here are some of the 2015 events:

Saturday, March 14, Hospice Fundraising Concert organized by Mark Bertuzzi: St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral

Monday, April 27, “Seniors Program”: Kamloops Seniors Centre, 1220 Hugh Allan Drive, from 7:00 to 7:45 pm

Monday, May 11, “Seniors Program”: Berwick-on-the-Park, Whiteshield Crescent, from 7:00 to 7:45 pm

Sunday, May 24, “Spring Ring Concert”: Kamloops United Church, Fourth and St. Paul, from 7;00 to 9:00 pm

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.

Music Development
As a part of regular continuing music development, members of both handbell choirs participate in handbell workshopProvincial 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.