Princeton, NJ, November 18, 2011–Princeton Theological Seminary will present a holiday
handbell concert for the Seminary and Princeton communities on Sunday, December
11 at 3:00 p.m. in Miller Chapel on the Seminary campus. The concert, “Christmas
and Holiday Carols,” under the direction of Rachel Barker, includes the ringing
of holiday songs by Princeton Seminary and Princeton University students,
spouses, staff, alumni/ae, and friends.
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
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. For directions to the Seminary, visit www.ptsem.edu.
Theological Seminary was founded in 1812, the first seminary established by the
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. It is the largest Presbyterian
Seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree