With only around two weeks left before Christmas, time is running out if you want to bring the unmistakable chiming sound of Christmas bells to your end-of-year conference, meeting or evening party. Every year, we offer our traditional fun challenge where your group will learn to play our seasonal hand bells. These hand bells are all you need to recreate some of your favourite carols or famous Christmas songs. The traditional sound made by hand bells instantly brings smiles to people’s faces.
Under the direction of our music facilitator and following the simple-to-read colour charts on the projector screen, all participants have to do is ’ting’ their bell at the right time and in the right place. This, of course, is where the fun and challenge begins.
Last week, our head facilitator Trevor Watt led such an event for over 100 participants, lasting just 45 minutes. After a brief rhythmical warm-up to get the group ready to think and react as one, it was time to unleash our brightly-coloured hand bells to all.
The first group challenge was learning to play We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Our eager, clanging participants not only played the melody but harmonies too, requiring absolute focus and concentration. This created a lush sound.
After a victory cheer when this was achieved, we told the group that we had a surprise bonus challenge. Split into smaller teams, they would have to create a hand bell version of Jingle Bells. We also gave them added festive percussion, including sleigh bells and wooden blocks. Just as the clock countdown began, we told them that any team choreography would be well received!
Each team scurried off to quickly work out the correct bell notes in the right order. Then, they enhanced their creations with shakers and light rhythms. In the final seconds, some teams were able to muster a selection of coordinated dance moves to add ‘the cherry on top’ to their performances.
It was time to regroup and watch each team’s festive finale. We experienced many versions of Jingle Bells and every one was hilarious and totally unique. In the end, the winning team was chosen. After rousing applause, the whole group played Jingle Bells together, one last time!
Our drumming and One Voice activities are always popular to end the year with guaranteed success but, if you fancy something different, call soon. Before you know it, you could be having the greatest festive fun, wearing reindeer ears or a Santa hat and waving a bell about!
For more information about our team events, please contact us.
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