Granite State Ringers kick off Dickens Fest

Published: 11-27-2023 4:09 PM

The Granite State Ringers will perform at The Park Theatre, 19 Main St. in Jaffrey, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. as part of the kickoff day for the inaugural New England Dickens Fest that is produced by the theater.

In February 2007, Joan Fossum and Mary Divers organized the Granite State Ringers, New Hampshire's only elite handbell choir. Their vision was to offer committed handbell musicians the opportunity to learn and perform challenging music for audiences all over New Hampshire. Since then, GSR has expanded its mission to offer education programs for youth and adults. It uses its talents to support local and international groups in need, from the New Hampshire Food Bank to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

They perform on five octaves of Malmarkhandbells, six octaves of Malmark hand chimes and four octaves of Schulmerichhandbells. They routinely have world premieres of new pieces by some of the handbell world’s most-prominent composers.

Tickets are $18, $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by calling the box office at 603-532-8888. Tickets will also be for sale at the box office before the performance. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Dickens Fest town crier proclamation reading and ribbon-cutting ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m.

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