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Fall 2018 Workshops – Registration is Open

Fall 2018 Workshops – Registration is Open

Fall 2018 Workshops

GTA: Saturday, October 13th – St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church, 19 Don Ridge Drive, Toronto (MAP)
(deadline to register for GTA, Thursday, October 4)
GTA Location Registration

Ottawa: Saturday, October 20th – Emmanuel United Church, 691 Smyth Road, Ottawa (MAP)
(deadline to register for Ottawa, Thursday, October 11)
Ottawa Location Registration

London: Saturday, October 27th – Wesley-Knox United Church, 91 Askin Street, London (MAP)
(deadline to register for London, Thursday, October 18)
London Location Registration

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50.00 per person. Includes 4 workshops, lunch and snacks

Workshops Offered:

Session 1: (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
Beginner Workshop on Basic Bell Techniques
Copper A and Massed Festival Pieces
Director’s Workshop on Interpretation
Bass Bells F4 and Below: Mind Moving Matter

Session 2: (10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)
Beginner Workshop on Rudimentary Rhythms
Copper B and Massed Festival Pieces
Director’s Workshop on Conducting More Advanced Techniques
Battery Bells G4-B5. Overcoming Technical Glitches in the Engine

Session 3: (12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.)
Beginner Workshop on Looking at a New Piece of Music
Handbells in Liturgy
Bronze and Massed Festival Pieces
Treble Bells: Too Many Leger Lines!

Session 4: (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Beginner Workshop on Four in Hand
Finally. It’s About Chime!
The Art of Being an Outstanding Emcee at your Ringing Event
Fringe Benefits: Ringers Who Can Weave

2018 Master List of Workshops for Registration




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.