Bells on Temple Square Ring in Christmas Season

Contributed By By Scott Lloyd, Church News staff writer

  • 3 December 2013

“Holiday Reflections,” the November 15, 2013, Bells on Temple Square concert, featured 35 bell ringers performing Christmas classics.  Photo by Debra Gehris.

Few things evoke memories and associations with Christmas better than the chiming of bells, and attendees at the annual Christmas concert of the Bells on Temple Square got an early start on their holiday celebration November 15–16 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

In a program titled “Holiday Reflections,” the 35 bell ringers performed familiar hymns, classical arrangements, and Christmas songs under the direction of conductor LeAnna Willmore and associate conductor Larry Smith.

In intricate arrangements using 192 bells and 180 chimes of various sizes and pitches, the performers presented Christmas favorites including “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” as well as non-seasonal selections such as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “Come, Ye Children of the Lord,” and “Finlandia” (the same melody as the hymn “Be Still, My Soul”).

Bell ringers used 192 bells and 180 chimes of various sizes throughout the performance.

The performance included holiday favorites such as “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”