ABOUT KIPHRA AND HANDBELLS
KIPHRA was formed in 1985 when a set of very old handbells was found in Kirdford Church tower and local villagers decided to make music with them. KIPHRA stands for Kirdford, Ifold and Plaistow Handbell Ringers Association, which is a bit of a mouthful, so we shortened it to KIPHRA.
The old and incomplete set of bells we started with dated from the 1800s and had seen better days as they had been used by tower bell ringers for practice in the pub when the weather was inclement. Thanks to several generous donations, we now have a 5-octave set of modern American bells, which are far more versatile and easy to play.
Musical handbells are an English creation, and handbells of various types have been used for hundreds of years as single bells, mainly as a means of communication (for example, by town criers).
There is now a worldwide fraternity of handbell ringers including teams in America, Japan, Canada, Korea, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Great Britain.
Almost any music can be arranged for handbells and nowadays an increasing amount of music is written specially for handbells.
As well as handbells we also play chimes and our set of chimes was recently donated to us most generously by a founder member who was also our former Musical Director in the early days of KIPHRA.
KIPHRA handbell ringers
Kirdford, Ifold & Plaistow Handbell Ringers Association
Welcome to the KIPHRA home page.
KIPHRA are a team of handbell ringers in West Sussex who play when and where we're asked, usually within a 30 mile radius of our three villages of Kirdfrord, Ifold and Plaistow.
We have performed on TV and radio, in Guildford Cathedral and, in 2013, at an International Festival of Modern Composers in Hastings (see picture below). Our present Musical Director even played handbells in the film 'The Madness of King George'.
We practise every Thursday at Kelsey Hall, Plaistow, 8-10pm under the expert guidance of our Musical Director Tim Willetts.
If you've never listened to Handbells before, come along to one of our concerts - we are sure you'll find it very entertaining!
We would love to have some new members. Anyone can learn to ring and you would be very welcome to come along and try it.
Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
REIGATE AND REDHILL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Although our local handbell team often attend rallies and meet up with other teams to play, they have never before entered a competition. So it was with great trepidation that they were persuaded to enter the Reigate and Redhill Music Festival for the first time. The adjudicator had to be provided with a copy of the music (the team plays from standard music just the same as you would play on a piano) so she could judge whether they were playing the right notes, in the right order, at the right speed and volume etc., as well as considering the musicality and overall performance.
Because one team member was away on holiday on the crucial day, the team's Musical Conductor had to step in and play as well as giving a conducting lead from behind the table - not so easy to see and be aware of for the rest of the players! Everyone was nervous knowing that they were about to be judged, but nevertheless took to the stage wearing their new team uniform of white shirt with purple logo.
It was not a perfect performance and the adjudicator provided a little constructive criticism as well as some lavish praise, but KIPHRA were delighted to come first in the class and in addition to receive the cup for “Outstanding Performance”.
Everyone came away feeling elated and who knows, with confidence now boosted, may think about entering more competitions.
KIPHRA musical director Tim Willetts
A SUMMER CONCERT
THURSDAY 12TH JULY 2018 AT 8.00 PM
KELSEY HALL, IFOLD
Csardas by Vittorio Monti
Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by G.F. Handel
Fly me to the Moon by Bart Howard
Down by the Riverside arr. by Arnold Sherman
COFFEE, TEA AND CAKES PROVIDED
Entrance £6 on the door
Come and enjoy a real musical treat!