Promoting excellence in handbell artistry through performance, education, and community.


2017 Spring Performance Dates

More information on our spring concert, “Metamorphosis”, will be added soon on our Events page

Boston Handbell Festival

Tuesday, May 16th, 8:00 pm
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Guest Conductor: Griff Gall
The Back Bay Ringers
Old South Ringers
New England Ringers
Merrimack Valley Ringers
Penobscot Bay Ringers


With Guest Performer Coro Allegro
Friday, June 2nd, 7:30 pm
First Church, 66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA
Proceeds to benefit LGBT Asylum


Sunday, June 4th, 3:00 pm
Melrose Highlands Congregational Church
355 Franklin Street, Melrose, MA
Proceeds to benefit the handbell choir of the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church

BBR Played the Boston Pops

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The Back Bay Ringers were selected as a guest artist to play with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Gala on December 7, 2016! This was a wonderful experience!


NECN's Jackie Bruno with BBR's Greg Urban
BBR was featured Thursday, November 24, 2016 during the 9pm NECN broadcast. See the video clip for highlights from BBR’s holiday concert, “An English Christmas” and an interview with Artistic Director Griff Gall. NECN’s Jackie Bruno even got a handbell lesson from BBR musician Greg Urban.

Past News

Back Bay Ringers Perform at the 2016 National Handbell Seminar


The ensemble performed a solo concert at Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Rochester, NY in July. It was a great honor to be invited, and we were delighted to present our “Art of Handbell Ringing” program for the wonderful musicians gathered there!


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The Whitechapels are back!!!


Pictured here are our three octaves of Whitechapel handbells, out of their cases, and ready for their debut this past summer at National Seminar. They are wonderful! Many thanks to all of the contributors to our successful capital campaign — we couldn’t have done it without you!


BBR Recordings

Comfort and Joy
Perpetual Motion
Merry and Bright