THE MISSION of the James River Ringers is to promote the art of handbell ringing and to present quality handbell music through public concerts, workshops, and classes that help to both educate and entertain. We also provide the opportunity for our members to improve their skills and musicianship by organizing and participating in clinics, festivals, and symposia relating to handbell music and performance.
PERFORMING on 6 octaves of Malmark English handbells, 5 1/2 octaves of handchimes and various other instruments, the James River Ringers is Richmond's premier auditioned community handbell ensemble. Its members are dedicated to performing quality handbell music including hymn arrangements, classical works, show tunes, popular favorites, and original compositions. The James River Ringers also provide educational opportunities and workshops for others who are interested in learning about English handbells.
OFFICIALLY IN EXISTENCE since September 1997, some of the members began ringing together two years earlier when their church choirs quit for the summer months. Those "ring-a-holics" had so much fun that they decided to form a full ensemble. The James River Ringers was chartered as a not-for-profit organization in June 1998. Today, members come from all parts of the Central Virginia area.