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Join us June 6 – 8, 2019 for the 17th OGEHR Festival being held in London at Fanshawe College. We are fortunate to have Canadian Stuart Sladden as our guest director for the Copper, Bronze and Massed Choirs and Lisa Kyriakides directing the Tin and the Gold choirs. Music selections for Peace by Piece are posted in the ‘Music’ section of this website. All facilities at Fanshawe College are accessible and areas for practice sessions, workshops, meals and onsite accommodation are within close proximity. Communication for this festival will be done electronically. Please share the information with fellow ringers who do not have email. Registration will be done online, beginning in the fall. Group registration will be possible, so one person can register their entire choir, for example. Keep up to date with Festival happenings by checking the Festival 2019 section of the OGEHR website ( and watching the weekly OGEHR Email Tree. Mark your calendars and consider joining fellow handbell ringers in London, to ring with outstanding directors, learn from knowledgeable workshop leaders and meet up with friends and new acquaintances. Gail Bowes 2019 Festival Coordinator
What’s in a Name? What’s in a Logo?
As the festival committee discussed ideas around creating the festival theme, many ideas flowed, but it was Peace by Piece that resonated with the group. The world is in turmoil and, if we are ever to find a real sense of PEACE, each of us needs to be a PIECE in achieving it. In our logo, designed by committee member Ken Whatman, the world is divided into a puzzle to illustrate this concept of shared, integrated, world-wide responsibility. Music can be an inspiration in support of justice, social issues and PEACE around the world. The playing of Handbell music PIECEs throughout the world and here in London this weekend exemplifies this ideal. The bells in the logo background support the concept of building a world together – Peace by Piece.
Fall Workshops

Fall Workshops

Dates: Saturday, October 14th GTA – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Scarborough
(deadline to register for GTA, Thursday, October 5)
Saturday, October 21st East – Emmanuel United Church, Ottawa
(deadline to register for Ottawa, Thursday, October 12)
Saturday, November 4th West – First-St. Andrew’s United Church, London
(deadline to register for London, Thursday, October 26)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $45.00 per person. Includes 4 workshops, lunch and snacks

Workshops Offered

Session 1: (9:30 am – 10:30 am)

Handbell and Handchime Maintenance and Care
Fringe Benefits: Ringers Who Can Weave
Oh Melody – Where Art Thou?
Battery Bells G4-B5: Overcoming Technical Glitches in the Engine

Session 2: (10:45 am – 11:45 am)

Mallet Mania
The Deadly Combos
The Holly and the Lily: A Chreaster Read & Ring!
Battle of the Bells

Session 3: (12:45 pm – 1:45 pm)

Finally, it’s about Chime
Bell Trees: An Upstanding Ringing Method
Bass Bells F4 and below: Mind moving Matter
Disentangling Complicated Rhythms with Mixed Meter

Session 4: (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Treble Bells C6 and up: Double Trouble
The PoPpies: A Popular Music Read and Ring!
What Handbell Musicians Need to Know About Copyright
Processionals Are Awesome!

Spaces are limited for some workshops, so register early.

For complete workshop descriptions and to register, click the preferred location link:
GTA Location

 Ottawa Location

London Location