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Canadian Guilds

BCGEHR is one of four provincial guilds that are constituent parts of Handbell Guilds of Canada.
Handbell Guilds of Canada

International Guilds


International Handbell Symposium

The history of the International Handbell Symposia dates back the August l982, when David R. Davidson, then president of AGEHR, attended the Japanese National Handbell Workshop, hosted by the Handbell Ringers of Japan (HRJ). During his visit as guest clinician, the Japanese handbell ringers suggested the need for an international gathering. David R. Davidson, Kazuo Ohta (HRJ board member)and Sun-joo Shin (then HRJ deputy secretary) decided to create the International Handbell Symposium where handbell ringers from all over the world could gather to participate and exchange their individual cultures through the "art of handbell ringing."
The principal purpose of the International Handbell Symposium is to promote the communication between nations, the spreading of handbell ringing as art, and to extend the spirit of world peace through music.
The First International Handbell Symposium was held in Arcata, California, USA in 1984. Subsequent Symposia have been held every two years since then in Gotemba, Japan (1986); Exeter, Great Britain (1988); Seoul, Korea (1990); Edmonton, Canada (1992); Adelaide, Australia (1994); Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (1996), Makuhari Messe, Japan (1998), Birmingham, Great Britain (2000); Seoul, Korea, (2002); Toronto, Canada (2004), and Brisbane, Australia (2006), Orlando, Florida (2008), Japan (2010), Liverpool, Great Britain (2012).
The event now attracts over 600 participants from all over the world. Not only is the art and skill of handbell ringing exchanged, but the participants are able to enjoy seeing and experiencing the cultures of each country. Many of the groups go on tour before or after the Symposium, holding concerts in the areas they visit. Most of these concerts are held for charitable purposes.
The 15th International Handbell Symposium was held in Liverpool, England, July 31-August 3, 2012.
The 16th International Handbell Symposium was held in Jeju, Korea, August 5–9, 2014.
Canada is gearing up to host the 17th IHS in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, from July 26-30, 2016. Check out our official website, and watch our promotional video HERE.

International Handbell Committee


Handbell Manufacturers, Suppliers, Music, Gifts

Handbell and Handchime Manufacturers

St. John's Music Ltd. now serves as Schulmerich's exclusive dealer for all handbells, Melody-Chime® Instruments and related accessories in Canada. Representatives from St. John's Music have concluded their training at Schulmerich and stand ready to provide support and products to their customers in Canada. Regardless of your location in Canada, your primary contact is Bruce Grant: [email protected], 905.960.7664 (c), 888.960.7664 (tf), www.stjohnsmusic.com.
Handbells Etc.
(Handbell music, gifts, clothing, and Malmark representative for Western Canada)
email: Camille Ream [email protected] and
Susan Galloway [email protected]
11245 - 12 Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T6J 6V6
Phone 800.578.BELL or 780.437.9096;
fax 780.997.0552
Empire Music in Vancouver offers a loan program for Suzuki Chimes.
8553 Main St, Vancouver, BC  V5X 3M3
Phone 1.800.663.5979, or e-mail Gwenda at [email protected]
Jeffers Handbell Supply Inc.
(All things handbell, including a convenient music selection assistant)
Handbell Graces
(Handbell supplies and gifts, workshop clinician)
Blanche Kangas
Bell Buggy Express
Suite 109 –1414 West Garland, Spokane, WA 99205
Phone: 1.800.482.3772

Handbell Information

The Handbell-L on-line community of handbell enthusiasts now operates as a Google group. It is an excellent resource for ringers and especially directors. Follow or participate in discussions on a wide variety of bell-related topics, ask questions, get opinions on a particular piece of music or a certain technique, post a notice about your concerts. Just about any topic related to handbells and handbell music is fair game.
Go to Google groups and search on ‘temp-handbell-l’ and follow the instructions to join.