—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
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