Dronfield Bells

Information and News on Towerbell and Handbell Ringing in Dronfield, Derbyshire.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dronfield Handbell Team

contact: dronfieldhbr@aol.com


Vic Cox

Vic Cox Team Leader

The Dronfield Handbell Ringers were formed in 1975 using a two octave set of Shaw bells cast around the turn of the 20th century.
We adopted a four in hand style from the outset and decided, fortunately, to play from music written in a conventional form rather than the number system common to many teams at that time. 

Our repertoire started, simply enough, with carols and 'folk' songs, but we all wanted to play a much wider range of music including jazz and classical pieces.

Over the years we have built up a library of over 300 tunes. Most of these have been arranged for handbells by our leader, Vic Cox, and include music by Bach, Handel, Beethoven etc. as well as pieces from
more modern composers.

We have also had our bells retuned to standard pitch, which was a bit of a fingures crossed project, but the result was quite good.

The music choice has been made much easier by the addition of extra bells which actually extend our range to three chromatic octaves, however we still tend to play music for two octaves and use the extra bells for music
from other sources, or where a greater range than two octaves is required for a more satisfying arrangement.

Up to the year, 2004, we have passed the 300 performance mark something like 10 per year. We hope to keep this up for a few more years yet, despite the fact that some of us have been with the group since the start!

We hope to expand this website to include some pictures and information on forthcoming events, but, in the meantime you might like to take a look at samples of the music we play.

Many of the tunes have been made available at a very reasonable cost - it just about covers the production cost.

A list of these and samples, with links to the music and sound, can be found under
The  Dronfield Collection,