—The Princeton Ringers offers holiday handbell concert December 7—

Princeton, NJ, November 19, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary will present a holiday handbell concert “Christmas Celebrations” featuring sacred and secular music for the Christmas season for the Seminary and Princeton communities on Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Miller Chapel on the Seminary campus. The Princeton Ringers Christmas Concert, under the direction of Rachel Barker, will feature Princeton Seminary and Princeton University students, spouses, staff, alumni/ae, and friends.

Brothers Robert and William Cor of Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, developed the first tuned handbells between 1696 and 1724. Originally used by change ringers (who rang a set of tuned bells in a series of mathematical patterns called “changes”) to rehearse outside their towers, the handbell sets had the same number of bells as did the towers (usually six to twelve handbells tuned to a diatonic scale).   

Margaret Shurcliff brought the first handbells from England to the United States in 1902. She was presented a set of ten handbells in London by Arthur Hughes, the general manager of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, after completing two separate two-and-one-half-hour change ringing peals in one day. 

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Chapel Office at 609.497.7890. Click here for directions to the Seminary.

Princeton Theological Seminary, founded in 1812, is the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Its mission is to educate leaders for the church of Jesus Christ worldwide, and its more than 500 students and 11,000 graduates from all fifty states and many nations around the world serve Christ in churches, school and universities, healthcare institutions, nonprofit agencies, initiatives for social justice, mission agencies, and the emerging ministries of the church in the twenty-first century.