Medford hosts regional handbell festival

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Wausau, Wis., (WSAW) -- For four decades, choirs have been traveling to Taylor County to perform the handbells.
To talk about the annual festival and why your family should check it out was site director choir member Carey Hartwig.

A handbell choir consists of 8-13 people. Each person has two notes that they are responsible for. Each ringer generally plays two bells at a time. If you think of a piano keyboard, each bell represents a key on the piano.

Depends upon the number of octaves of bells a choir has. If a choir only has 2 octaves of bells, then 8 people works well for that choir. For 3 or 5 octave bell choir, 11 people works well, however an extra 2 people works very well to handle the big bells.

This year the bell choir from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford will host the 40th annual NE Regional WELS Handbell Festival.

“We will be at the Medford Area Elementary School, just west of Medford on highway 64. In addition to the bell choirs, we will also have a brass ensemble, a vocal choir and keyboardist, a total of over 150 musicians. The church just wouldn't hold us all,” explained Hartwig.

There are 4 regions which will host concerts in WI, MN and MI. For this festival, 10 choirs, approximately 140 ringers, who will be attending from Brillion, Kaukauna, Medford, Neillsville, New London, Tomah, Waupaca, Wausau, Weyauwega, Wind Lake and WI Rapids.

The 40th annual NE Regional WELS Handbell Festival will take place Sunday, April 7th at 2 p.m. at the Medford Area Elementary School.
The concert is free and open to the public.