Get in step and add some interest to your next program by beginning with a ringing processional. There are plenty of resources available for ensembles of every age and ringing level.
Memorizing isn’t as difficult as it seems as many processionals are based on repeated patterns (ostinati). The key to successfully programing a processional is giving your ensemble plenty of time to rehearse and memorize before putting their feet into play. Often, memorization comes naturally with repeated playing – consider using a processional as a rehearsal warm-up and months later, it will be inherent.
Impressive, processionals add a little WOW into a performance adding aural and visual variety. Consider adding in some non-pitched percussion for more effect and it will also help to keep the group together rhythmically.
Children will jump at the idea of processing while adults may be a little less excited about the idea. If you do meet some resistance, you may consider having the first processional memorized but rung in place behind the tables. This will give your ringers the opportunity to connect visually with their audience and welcome them into the performance.
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