Land of the Silver Birch / Huron Carol
Arrangement for handbell choir (1992)
by Ron Hannah

Duration: 3' 15"

     This is my sole excursion into the heady realm of the handbell choir. In 1992 a group with an impossible name (AGEHR - Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers) was seeking a Canadian work to be played by the massed handbell choir at a convention in Australia the next spring (can you imagine the sound made by hundreds of handbell ringers?). I rose to the challenge and wrote this arrangement combining two indigenous folksongs, however it was not finally chosen. Such is life. Any handbell choirs out there interested in something really Canadian? Send me an email (below) and I'll be glad to send you the score, provided only that you inform me of any performances so that I can keep this website up-to-date.