Now entering its 11th season, Ring Sarasota, the area’s premier handbell ensemble, is making music throughout the Gulf Coast. With a passion for ringing, these spirited musicians captivate audiences from ages seven to 97 with a unique combination of entertainment, education, and community engagement.
Dedicated to enhancing handbell ringing as an art form, the Sarasota‐based group under the direction of former Navy bandleader Rick Holdsworth showcases over 200 bells rung by 15 ringers to create a symphony of sound with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, chimes, and trombone, even the Tibetan singing bowl! Ring Sarasota attracts member ringers from as far north as Tampa Bay and as far south as Fort Myers.
Performance history highlights include a news-making Veterans Day celebration benefiting 48 hometown soldiers through Manatee Operation Troop Support, a sold-out Christmas collaboration with Bay Chorale at Neel Performing Arts Center, debuting director Rick Holdsworth’s original transcription of Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets, and an invitation to ring as the featured ensemble at the Handbell Musicians of America Florida state festival.