We are very pleased to announce our Holiday 2017 concert program, Christmas with All the Bells and Whistles! For the first time ever, New England Ringers will be performing several pieces for handbells and organ – which is, after all, a big whistle! You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to hear the sounds of the season rung on handbells in combination with the rich organ tones. Please check in for updates about our program – it should be a thrilling musical experience for all! We have the following concerts scheduled:
Saturday, November 25 7:30 PM Franklin Federated Church, 171 Main St., Franklin, MA
Sunday, December 3 4:00 PM Bruce Porter Memorial Series, South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St, Granby, CT
Friday, December 8 7:00 PM First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Rd, Shrewsbury, MA
Sunday, December 17 4:00 PM United Church in Walpole, 30 Common St, Walpole, MA
Friday, December 22 7:30 PM Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen, MA
Brian Seemann NER’s New Music Director
We are extremely pleased to announce that Brian Seemann has agreed to serve as New England Ringers Music Director. Brian has been working with NER this spring as our interim director for Boston Handbell Festival, and it wasn’t long before all ringers were in agreement that he would make a stupendous addition to the ensemble. Brian brings an innovative approach to music selection, a calm and productive rehearsal style, as well as many great ideas for the holiday concert season. We are excited to be working with Brian’s leadership as we explore non-traditional as well as traditional musical interpretations of hand bell music.
Brian Seemann has extensive musical expertise, with special focus on handbells. He began ringing in grade school with the youth handbell choir at Whitehouse United Methodist Church in Readington, New Jersey. He moved to Boston to study composition at The Boston Conservatory before returning to Philadelphia and majoring in urban planning at Temple University. In his time away from handbells, Brian is heavily involved in other aspects of performing arts. He currently lives in Boston, MA, where he is the Director of Events for Inspire Arts & Music, a non-profit arts organization. Brian spent four summers marching with the Jersey Surf and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and through his current job continues to remain involved in the drum corps activity. He has led several church handbell choirs, and since 2013, has been Artistic Director and Conductor for the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. We first took notice of Brian at last year’s Boston Handbell Festival when he deftly and gracefully juggled the roles as a ringing member of the Back Bay Ringers, as well as the conductor of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. His energy and enthusiasm were infectious.
Please join us in welcoming Brian!
Thank you for your continued support.
“The New England Ringers brought both a festive and reflective program to the greater Greenwich community to begin the holiday season. Their skill and artistry, combined with a passion for the art of handbell playing, made for an evening that our folks will not soon forget.”
Dr. Craig Scott Symons, Director of Music,
First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Connecticut