Watching the members of the Sonos Handbell Ensemble prepare, you might think that they were getting ready to play in a major sporting event — rather than preparing to play music: taping fingers, wrapping wrists, stretching, and putting on gloves. But Spark learns that being part of a handbell ensemble is more challenging and fun than anyone might expect.

The ensemble was founded in 1990, and hopes to move handbells out of the church-only realm and into the world of more mainstream contemporary music. The group has toured nationally, recorded three CDs and performed with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Oakland East Bay Symphony and San Jose Symphony.

Sonos Handbell Ensemble 6 August,2015Spark
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