It’s that time again… Support Velocity and pre-order our “serious candy” now. We’ll be making a fresh batch of Velocity Toffee in early November and will begin shipping before Thanksgiving. Please tell your handbell- and toffee-loving friends! (But order yours first, since supplies are limited!)
It takes a lot to get ready for the National Handbell Seminar. Watch Velocity take the stage with “Hello,” the opening number from our 2017 concert, STIR.
Velocity will be appearing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of Whoop Dee Doo, an artist-led project that partners with local youth organizations and performing artists to create one-of-a-kind variety shows. Join us on Sunday, November 5 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission to SF MOMA is always free for visitors 18 and under, and on this Free Family Day, general admission is also free for up to two adults accompanying each visitor 18 and under.
Velocity Handbell Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) music organization based in Oakland, California, will hold its annual auditions for advanced ringers on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
Velocity auditions for new ringers each summer and is looking to expand its membership by two to three ringers. The recently formed full choir currently performs as a professional ensemble for hire, and plans to become a mentor ensemble to Bay Area youth groups. The group rehearses a minimum of one Saturday a month (for approximately 8 hours) for ten months out of the year, and accepts performances at the availability of the ringers. In addition to performances for hire, Velocity will play at least one concert per year.
Interested ringers should have strong sight reading abilities, ring advanced level music, have a strong work ethic and be professional. The Velocity rehearsal space is a designated “drama-free” zone, and ringers who need constant attention will find this environment a challenge.
Please contact P.L. Grove, Velocity Artistic Director, at email@example.com if you or someone you know is interested in scheduling an audition. Auditions will be held in Hayward, California, and will involve both a sight reading audition and an interview. Auditionees will be assigned a specific audition time closer to the audition date.
To stir: to mix, blend, move or cause to move as in awakening, disturb….
Velocity Handbell Ensemble presents
… A mixture of musical compositions designed to awaken, blend together, perhaps inspire, rouse, maybe excite, possibly disturb and hopefully draw you into the music of Velocity — music that moves.
Join us in the Bay Area for two concerts this May and June, and at the National Handbell Seminar in July:
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4:00 pm, First Covenant Church, Oakland
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4:30 pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Saratoga
Friday, July 14, 2017, 5:30 pm, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove
Thanks to all who supported Velocity by ordering Velocity Toffee this year. Our entire 2016 batch has now sold out. If you’re still looking for gifts for handbell lovers, please check out our selection of handbell CDs and DVDs!
Please check back in fall 2017 for the next batch of serious candy, and remember that $17 of every order is tax-deductible.
Velocity’s Artistic Director is participating in The Big Ring! Watch P.L. and 699 other ringers LIVE as they attempt to break a Guinness World Record this Saturday morning! The Big Ring aims to be the largest handbell ensemble ever assembled. In partnership with Minnesota’s Mall of America and the Handbell Musicians of America, this event is part of The Salvation Army’s Kettle Kickoff – the start of the red kettle campaign that runs through the holiday season. The event will be broadcast online at http://bit.ly/The-Big-Ring on Saturday, November 19 at 11am CST (9am Pacific Time). Click the Thunderclap link below to add the event to your Facebook feed.
Check out the story of Velocity Toffee in our new short video on YouTube! Then plan to order your toffee when we announce next year’s batch in November.
It’s toffee season! Support Velocity and enjoy our “serious candy” this holiday season. Velocity Toffee makes a great gift or party treat. Quantities are limited, so don’t delay: Visit our online store at www.velocitybells.org/toffee to order yours today. We’ll begin shipping our fresh 2016 batch of toffee in mid-November.
Velocity Handbell Ensemble will hold its annual auditions for advanced ringers on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Come ring with a dynamic, advanced, musical percussion ensemble–and have fun! Read more under the Events link above.