Bells of the Cascades 2018 Handbell Festival

Handbell tree

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church in Vancouver, WA, for this fun and educational event! Challenge your ringers and yourself, learn new skills, and meet musicians from around the region.

The festival will include massed pieces and an auditioned Bronze choir. When your choir is not in rehearsal, classes will be offered on topics like ringing bass bells, four-in-hand, weaving and mallet techniques.

Register by Sep. 15 for early-bird rates!

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Dances & Duels: Bells of the Cascades & Bells of the Sound on Tour

Bells of the Cascades & Bells of the Sound: Dances & Duels!
Bells on tour in the Pacific Northwest

For the first time ever, Bells of the Cascades (Portland) and Bells of the Sound (Seattle) are teaming up to go on tour together in Washington and Oregon!

Join us for an exciting evening of “dances and duels” by and between each of the ensembles, including several pieces in which both groups will play at once. We’ll be performing both original handbell compositions and arrangements of classical and popular music.

Saturday, April 28, 7:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church
22975 24th Ave S
Des Moines, WA
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Sunday, April 29, 5:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA
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Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
4300 Main St
Vancouver, WA
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Sunday, May 6, 5:00 PM
Calvin Presbyterian Church
10445 SW Canterbury Ln
Tigard, OR
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This is a unique opportunity in Bells of the Cascades’ history, and we hope we’ll see you there!

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Photo of Mt. Hood: Zach Dischner, Creative Commons license.

Christmas Bells are Ringing!

Portland Choir & Orchestra, with Bells of the Cascades

Bells of the Cascades is honored to be joining the Portland Choir & Orchestra, with special guest Edmund Stone of All Classical Portland for a joint holiday event, “Christmas Bells are Ringing”!

Tickets are just $15-20 for either of two shows:

2:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 25
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
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7:00 PM, Saturday, Nov. 25
Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
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We hope to see you there!

Invite holiday ringers to your event!

During the fall holiday season, Bells of the Cascades is proud to offer performances by Bells of the Cascades Holiday Ringers. This group of talented ringers is the perfect entertainment addition to your holiday gathering — whether corporate event, holiday bazaar, religious celebration or intimate dinner party! Our rate is just $200 per half-hour of music.

What better way to ring in the season than with actual ringing of bells? Imagine “Carol of the Bells” or “Jingle Bells” actually performed on bells! The Holiday Ringers would love to bring the special sounds of the season to your holiday event! We are affiliated with Bells of the Cascades, Portland’s premier handbell choir. We play in an ensemble of five ringers.

Our repertoire includes:

  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Hanukkah O Hanukkah
  • Jingle Bells
  • Jolly Old St Nicholas
  • Up on the Housetop
  • We Three Kings
  • And Many More!

We would love to bring our music to your ears! We can perform in large settings or intimate venues. From restaurants to bank lobbies, churches to formal holiday parties, we can ring in the celebration!

Interested? Complete our booking form to send us your inquiry, and we’ll be in touch with more details.

On a winter’s night: Our 2017 holiday concerts

On a winter's night

Join us for our (early) winter concerts!

Featuring holiday favorites, new arrangements and original compositions.

Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:00 PM
University of Portland
Mago Hunt Recital Hall
5000 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR
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Sunday, Dec. 17, 3:30 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
16001 NE 34th Street
Vancouver, WA
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Admission is just $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds.