The term “velocity” is sometimes defined as distance traveled per unit of time. But with Velocity you will experience the movement of music through space. Velocity actually takes its name from the lesser-known dictionary definition: “the rate of change of position in relation to time.” In other words, it’s not just about speed—it’s about having the right rate of speed. You could call that “right rate of speed” movement —just the right amount of movement for each piece: sometimes fast and sometimes slow, but always at the right rate to make music that moves.
Velocity is a community handbell ensemble in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Velocity is dedicated to moving the artistry of handbells towards musical excellence with a high standard of performance. Formed in 2001 as a small ensemble, Velocity has at the heart of its mission statement the words “have fun!” Velocity has continually astounded its audiences, first with its ability to play up to six octaves of handbells with six ringers, and more recently in configurations from two to eleven ringers.
For over 30 years, Pamela “P.L.” Grove has been at the forefront of handbell artistry in America. As a founding ringer with the critically acclaimed Sonos Handbell Ensemble, her more notable performances include those with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Kronos Quartet, Frederica von Stade and (twice) Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She is currently artistic director for Velocity Handbell Ensemble, and she has directed several church handbell choirs over the years. She continues to pioneer in the field of handbells, having recently become one of only a few people ever to receive a college degree in handbell performance. P.L. makes her living working for the government but spends as much time as possible playing piano, singing, composing music, and performing on handbells.