You will be absolutely blown away by this stand out handbell choir. – Lassen Times
Every so often, our third Sunday falls on Easter Sunday and we choose something a little different. To celebrate, we’ll present the Western United States’ pre-emininent handbell ensemble performing on 120 bells and chimes, under the direction of Barb Walsh. From Reno, Nevada, Tintabluations Handbell Ensemble is a diverse group of ringers committed to the art of English Handbell ringing.
$34 general (website purchase includes $4 online fee)
Youth 5-17 free with adult (call 530-273-3990 to reserve your ticket)
Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)
Sponsors: Robin Runbeck; Jerry & Bea Pressler (happy anniversary!)
In 1996, seven of Barb Walsh’s former students decided they wanted to continue ringing. They formed a group called “B Sharps” and rang two octaves of bells. Inspired by a group called “Tintinnabulations” at the Twelfth Night Handbell Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, the group decided to choose a new name. A misunderstanding of Latin conjugation occurred, and the name Tintabulations was created.
Under the direction of Barb Walsh, Tintabluations Handbell Ensemble has grown into diverse group of ringers committed to the art of English Handbell ringing. A quick glance at Tintab’s roster begins to tell the tale of the groups diversity, with members ranging in age from 18 to 60+ and commuting from as far away as Lake Tahoe and Carson City. The group performs music ranging from classic church hymns to jazz and showtunes, proving that bell ringers from any age or background can turn a simple set of bells into an impressive music making force.
In fall 2014, Tintabulations received official recognition as a non-profit organization within Nevada.
The ensemble currently uses 4 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, plus a 5th octave of Malmark bells and 5 octaves of chimes borrowed from South Reno United Methodist Church.
Click Here to meet the current crew of Tintabulations!