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HMA Advent Calendar

Begins December 1
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Annual Ring-a-Thon

December 13 • 4-10 pm EST
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Virtual Winter Workshop

January 27-29, 2023
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Video of the Month

Our selection this month is from the Hong Kong Youth Handbell Ensemble. In their annual performance recording in July, they play Ron Mallory’s arrangement of “A Million Dreams” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.” They are conducted by Lulu Lau.

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Brian’s Music Notes

The Stars Await

By Ron Mallory
AG47003 • 4-7 Octaves, Level 3+

The Stars Await is the 2010 Winner of the David R. Davidson Compositional Contest. This beautiful and ethereal composition evokes images of distant stars and the unknown. At Level 3+, this wonderful selection is ringable and attainable by groups looking for something memorable and off the beaten path. Take a listen…you won’t be disappointed!

Purchase “The Stars Await” from JW Pepper or Jeffers Handbells (Click the links to take you directly to this title on their websites)

Following is an introduction and background from composer Ron Mallory! Also included is a scrolling score synced with a recording of this title.

Notable Youtube Videos

Houston Bronze Ensemble rings “The Stars Await”

Here is some additional inside information about composer Ron Mallory

How were you first introduced to bells?

A friend of the family played in a handbell choir when I was growing up, so I was aware of handbells from a young age, but didn’t start ringing or directing until college. I had decided that I wanted to focus on music ministry for my career, so I started getting involved in every aspect of music that I could at my church: praise band, choir, handbells, and more. Eventually I was hired part-time onto the music staff, and when the handbell director stepped down in 1997, I was invited to take over that group. When I moved to Washington State for a new church job in 2000, I started adult and youth handbell choirs there, and also began teaching handbells at a local private school. A few years later, I spent some time directing a community handbell choir, Rainier Ringers.

What brought you to composing for bells?

I was always fascinated with the teamwork involved in playing handbells, as well as the different kinds of sounds that bells could make. I started writing simple arrangements and original compositions for the church handbell choir I was directing in the late 1990’s, and found that the instrument was a good fit for my compositional style. I’ve written for a number of types of ensembles since then–chamber orchestra, solo piano, and vocal choir–as well as electronic music, but have never stopped writing for bells. I especially love writing original works, but my school and community groups got me started doing pop and rock handbell arrangements too, which has proved to be a fun challenge!

Your first published piece?

I met Hart Morris at the first handbell conference I attended, in 1999, and he talked me through the process of submitting my music for publication. I started sending things around to publishers shortly afterwards. The first piece I had accepted for publication was a 2-octave arrangement of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” published by Hope/Agape in 2002. I had a few more things accepted by publishers in the years that followed, but didn’t start seriously pursuing publication until the early 2010’s, after “The Stars Await” won the David Davidson Composition Contest.

Any thoughts for others to know about what you love most about composing?

While I’ve written my share of choral music too, I’ve always been particularly drawn to instrumental music and its ability to communicate ideas without using words. One of my favorite challenges is to tell a story or convey an image using music alone, and that’s the starting point for most of my composition work. Ultimately, of course, our job as composers is to reflect the beauty of God’s creative power: since we are created in His image, we too have the power to create.

Any interesting/fun quirks about you others would enjoy knowing about?

My main interest outside of music has always been astronomy, and I love working astronomical themes into my compositions. My primary “hobby” right now is spending time with my three children, ages 3, 6, and 9, and I am learning lots of new things as they develop their own interests in topics I know nothing about! I also just released my first album of all-original works, “When Dreams Take Flight”; streaming links are on my website:

Until next month,

Brian Childers
Music Adviser

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