Popularity of local bell choir causing it to extend its season

The regular season just closed but because of the popularity of the Westminster Bell Choir people can hear them at various local functions this summer. The <a href=”http://www.firstpreslogan.com/music/bell-choir/” target=”_blank”>Westminster Bell Choir</a> was established at Logan’s First Presbyterian Church and because so many people were interested in ringing a bell a second group has been formed.

Cathy Bullock, director of both groups, was a guest on KVNU’s Crosstalk program Tuesday and said some people have the misconception that this is a group of older women playing church hymns.

“We do a lot of sacred music because we do a lot of ringing in churches and wards,” said Bullock. “But we also do a lot of contemporary pieces that are secular.

“One of our concerts, it was a year or two ago, our big spring concert in the Tabernacle we had a Vivaldi piece accompanied by violin and cello followed immediately by Lady Gaga’s <em>Just Dance</em>, accompanied by percussion.”

Bullock said this winter the bell choir added another octave of English handbells plus another octave of handchimes. Now the choir is ringing five octaves of each. She said this enhances the sound by adding sparkle on the high end and depth on the low end.

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