Harmony Ringers was formed in the summer of 2011 in Canton, Ohio. The Director, Christine Allison, assembled some vary talented ringers, to showcase their talents. She asked the Board of Directors of A Chorus for a Cause (Christine's baby) if they could take on a semi-professional handbell choir. Thus the birth of Harmony Ringers.
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Handbells were invented in 17th century England when neighbors of bell
A Brief History of Handbells.
Handbells were invented in 17th century England when neighbors of bell towers tired of listening to long change-ringing rehearsals. Handbells permitted the rehearsals to take place in the spirited warmth of pubs. Handbells were first brought to the United States around 1840. They were popularized by P.T. Barnum as a circus attraction. After this, handbell teams went into the Vaudeville circuit.
In the 1940's people began ringing handbells in American churches. Handbells were first manufactured in the United States in the 1960's. Today there are over 10,000 handbell choirs in North America. Approximately 1% of these are community groups such as Harmony Ringers of A Chorus for a Cause. The rest are affiliated with churches and schools.