18th International Handbell Symposium – The Reef and Rainforest Ring
The International Handbell Symposium recently held at the Convention Centre was an event that celebrated the flourishing of communication between nations, the spreading of the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing, and the spirit of peace through music. The event happens every two years, rotating between the member organisations of the International Handbell Committee (IHC).
The delegates performed a Gala Massed Ringing Concert on Saturday 11th August at the Cairns Convention Centre. More than 300 musicians from around the world came together to present an unforgettable massed ringing handbell concert.
For the first time, the International Handbell Symposium offered an International Handchime Festival which was preceded by an International Handbell Symposium Youth Festival. The title of the symposium implemented the vision of the International Handbell Committee ‘World peace … through the Spirit of Music’. The sub-title, ‘The Reef and Rainforest Ring’, links the ecological world to the human world and conveys a sense of joy in our humanity.