Velocity‘s Artistic Director and Handbell Musicians of America President P.L. Grove has been nominated as the massed ringing conductor at the summer 2018 International Handbell Symposium in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Congratulations P.L.! Read more.
Join us as we observe a little-known tradition of continuing the Christmas celebration for twelve days (and a just a bit longer). Velocity Handbell Ensemble will ring in the New Year with a special concert of holiday favorites (and a few surprises!).
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Oasis Christian Fellowship
2551 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill, California
Admission Free. A freewill offering will be taken.
Velocity appeared at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of Whoop Dee Doo, an artist-organized performance event in November 2017. See us perform with a giant dancing spider!
Our limited edition 2017 Velocity Toffee is now shipping to addresses nationwide! Support Velocity and order our “serious candy” now. Please tell your handbell- and toffee-loving friends! (But order yours first, since supplies are limited!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.