Often, compositions and arrangements come from a need for something very particular that doesn’t yet exist. Such was the case with these pieces I arranged for handbells. They were written many years ago when I was directing church bell choirs. As I revisit these arrangements for recording purposes, I keep thinking I need to write more pieces for handbells.
“Ride On, King Jesus” is dedicated to my college handbell director, Dr. Donald Brown. This was one of his favorite spirituals. I sang it many times under his direction in chapel choir, and therefore decided to create an arrangement of it for handbells in his honor.
“Wondrous Love” is one of my favorite hymns. This arrangement is for bells with flute obbligato. Special thanks to flutist Dr. Kathy Davis for her lovely solo work on this recording.
Photos are from our recording session on July 7, 2017 at Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Indiana