Simpson University & Carrillons Handbell Choirs to host largest handbell festival in the north state

For Immediate Release

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University & Carrillons Handbell Choirs will host the Redding Handbell Festival, the largest handbell event in Northern California. The event will draw more than 90 handbell ringers from all over the north state, southern Oregon and Nevada who will join together to play massed and solo numbers. The public is invited to the free concert beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Simpson University's Heritage Student Life Center, located at 2211 College View Drive, in Redding.

Guest conductor Larry Sue from Mountain View, is known for his skill in playing solo bass handbells, which is rare. The concert will feature two "bronze-level" selections, meaning a higher degree of difficulty, where advanced ringers will be playing. There will also be a few solos, including one bell tree, also known as hanging bells. Song choices will include Sail Away by Enya, arranged by Kevin McChesney and Crush Collision by Scott Joplin, arranged by Larry Sue.

"We are so excited to be able to unite people through the musical art of handbell ringing," said Nancy Schmitt, Carillons handbell director. "We have amazing talent performing including bell tree soloist Barbara Brocker and professional quartet ensemble, Velocity, who will play on five octaves of bells."

The Redding Handbell Concert is free, however, donations are greatly appreciated. For more information contact the Simpson University music department at 226-4507 or visit

Media Contact: Jill Wood - (530) 226-4507 -

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