Allen Family Bells - handbell soloists

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David Allen - handbell soloist

David Allen - handbell soloist, area IV AGEHR member, playing Dona Nobis Pacem, measure 7 beat 2 in the sound file

David playing Dona Nobis Pacem on bells, measure 7 just before beat 3 in the sound file.

    My daughter, Amy, and I are accomplished English handbell soloists (we also do handbell duets) specializing in the multiple bell techniques that I have developed.  My book, Advanced Solo Ringing: Multiple Bell Techniques, is the first work to detail many of these skills.  I am a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, AGEHR.  Our family group, the Allen Family Bells, also includes my wife, Cheryl, our singer and accompanist.  The Allen Family Bells tours providing concerts, handbell workshops, and handbell music for worship services.
    We have recently formed a new group called Trilogy dedicated to chime solos and bell solos and duets and trios.  For more information see the Trilogy page.

We have an advanced solo ringing article published in November/December, 2000 issue of AGEHR's magazine, Overtones.  Figure 4 is an except from O Lord Most Holy out of my book, Advanced Solo Ringing: Multiple Bell Techiques (see the Publications page).  See the Article Pictures page, as referenced in the article, for a sequential set of photos to visualize how the excerpt is played.

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I play Dona Nobis Pacem, as a 3-part round. The sound file is of the 8 measures where all 3 parts are being played simultaneously and lasts about 34 seconds. The sound file is 375 K bytes in size and will take about 3 to 4 minutes to download with a 28.8K modem and an average connection.

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This sound file was recorded April 11, 1998 in wave format. If you have saved it since then, you do not need to do so again.

With my techniques,
now listen to what
a Soloist can do.

You will need a sound card to be able to hear the sound files. If you need to download an evaluation shareware wave program to be able to hear the sound files Click Here. It takes several minutes to load all 8 pictures on the pictures page. pics/pics.jpg (3K Bytes)
Concert Pictures
April 11, 1998

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Links to sites where we are listed:

   [AGEHR] The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers - Official web site.
   [AGEHR Members] The best listing of links to AGEHR Member's web sites.
   [Allegro Bells] Web site of the Allegro Bells, Union Church, Hinsdale, Illinois - With small but growing list of links.
   [Bonnie Woolley Bell Links] A great list of handbell links.
   [First United Methodist Church, Orlando] My home church.
   [The Handbell WebRing] A community of sites related to handbells, handchimes, and carillons.
   [The Internet Party Planning Directory] A growing list of all the people you need for a party, wedding, etc.
   [National Music Publishers] My Publisher
   [OGEHR] Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers - Good information about Canadian guilds and other links.
   [Optimum Directory] A growing list of organized links.
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   [Who's Who in Handbells] Jacques Kearns' list of handbell people - the most complete I've found.

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Links to Other Handbell Soloists and Solo Handbell Ringing Information:

[Christine Anderson] Handbell Soloist - Voices in Bronze
[Pamela Ashbourne] Handbell Soloist
[Ron Bellamy] Handbell Soloist
[Richard Beyers] Handbell Soloist - Tintinniere
[Susan Carscadden-Mifsud] Handbell Soloist
[Harriet Dawson] Chime Soloist - Member of Trilogy (with David & Cheryl Allen) exploring chimes and handbells in duet.
[Roberta Erickson] Handbell Soloist
[Sue Garton] Handbell Soloist
[Monika Durbin & Bobby Griffin] Handbell Solos & Duets
[Nancy Hascall] Handbell Soloist - Traveling Four-In-Hand
[Lois Holland] Handbell Soloist - Ken & Lois Holland Ministries - website changed
[Michael Kastner] Handbell Soloist
[Heather & David Keith] Handbell Soloists & Duets
[Nancy Kirkner] Handbell Soloist speicializing in Classical Music
[Satomi Kono] Handbell Soloist
[Michael Lamb] Handbell Soloist - Director - Bells in Motion
[Danny Lyons] Handbell Soloist
[Sueda Luttrell] Handbell Soloist - Solo Ringing Tutorial
[The Martins] Handbell Soloists
[Lora Melton] Handbell Soloist
[Natalia Paruz] Handbell Soloist - Saw Lady, Musical Saw
[Betty Price] Chime Soloist
[Michele Hirt Sharik] Handbell Soloist
[STEP Project] Solo/Ensemble Project
[Kristine Stout] Handbell Soloist - Joy Bell Theater
[Lin Wallberg] Handbell Soloist
[John von Wolzogen] Handbell Soloist

If you would like your web page on solo ringing included here, please let me know and I will be happy to add it.

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