Handbell Festival at Riverside Church

Handbell Choir.

One hundred handbell ringers from New York and Virginia will descend upon historic Riverside Church to toll handbells during its 34th Annual English Handbell Festival at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Church’s Nave, at 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights.

Guest conductor Kathleen Ebling-Shaw will direct 100 handbell ringers as they perform a variety of compositions by composers from around the world.

Participating choirs include: The Riverside Ringers (NYC), The Emanuel Ringers (Pleasantville, N.Y.), The Katonah Celebration Ringers (Katonah, N.Y.) and Mitchell Ringers (Annandale, VA).

Preceding the handbell concert, at 3:00 p.m. carillonneur Dionisio A. Lind will give a recital on the church’s world famous carillon; and at 3:30 p.m. Riverside Church Organist, Christopher Creaghan, will perform an organ recital on Riverside’s 206-rank Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, the second largest instrument in New York City with more than 12,000 pipes.

To get to The Riverside Church by subway take the 1 to 116th St. and walk to 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.) two blocks west of Broadway.

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