Summer Greetings From BBR

Thank you thank you thank you to our supporters and community! Our spring concert season was a great success. BBR donated all our ticket sales and audience donations to LGBT Asylum Task Force and to a new handbell choir at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church.  In our season of giving back we are most appreciative to your loyalty and happy to support these organizations!

While we settle into summer, I just want to remind you to get your RSVP’s in right away for our Summer Events:

Summer Ring
A summer evening (in air conditioning!) of music reading, snack (of course) and trying out the handbells. No handbell experience necessary!  To RSVP contact me at:

If you are interested in auditioning with BBR for our 2017-18 seasons, please visit our website at:

Have a great summer!  And stay tuned for next month’s announcement of our Winter 2017 Season!

Executive Director
Back Bay Ringers

BBR to play the Holiday Pops!

Exciting News: The Back Bay Ringers have just been selected as a guest artist to play with the Boston Pops at their Holiday Gala on December 7, 2016!  We are busy rehearsing and shining up our bells for this fabulous event and wanted to share the great news with our loyal friends!

Tickets are selling fast for our holiday concerts. Visit our website for tickets and information.

We are so excited to share what we have been working on and look forward to seeing you soon!


Donna Matson
Executive Director
Back Bay Ringers

BBR on NECN this Thanksgiving
Tune into NECN on the evening of Thursday, November 24, to see highlights from BBR’s holiday concert, “An English Christmas,” including an interview with Artistic Director Griff Gall. NECN’s Jackie Bruno even got a handbell lesson from BBR musician Greg Urban (pictured left).
By |November 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Christmas is Coming!

Labor Day has come and gone, so it must be time for winter handbell concerts!  No?  Well, Back Bay Ringers is hard at work preparing for the Christmas season.  Actually, we never stopped! Following our successful performance at National Seminar in July, we held our annual Summer Ring on August 15th, attended by over 20 enthusiastic friends of BBR. We’re excited to begin work on our winter season and perform for our loyal fans!

Our schedule is jam-packed with six concert opportunities, and we trust that you can make one (or more!!!) of them. See below more more information.

Welcome to fall. We hope yours is a great one!

Donna Matson

Back Bay Ringers Holiday Concerts:
An English Christmas

For more information, please visit our events page.

Saturday, December 3, 7:30 pm
United Church of Christ, Medfield, MA

Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm
Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham, MA

Saturday, December 10, 1:30 pm
West Parish Church, West Barnstable, MA

Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm
First Parish Church, Scituate, MA

Sunday, December 11, 3:00 pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Friday, December 16, 7:30 pm
First Church, Boston, MA

By |September 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A Special Offer from BBR

Back Bay Ringers is proud to co-sponsor the sneak preview of the movie, Florence Foster Jenkins:  Monday, August 8, 7:30 pm.

Donna Matson


You and a guest are invited to a special advance screening of 
Florence Foster Jenkins
starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant 
Monday, August 8 
AMC Boston Common To RSVP, please email and note BackBayRingers as your affiliation when replying.
Please respond promptly. This invitation is non-transferable. 
Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 
RSVP confirmation is required for attendance. Watch the trailerConnect with Florence Foster Jenkins:


By |August 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

July 2016 Newsletter

Summer Fun With BBR!

Spring Ringing with BBR

It finally feels like spring and that means it’s time for the Back Bay Ringers’ spring concerts. Handbell ringing is a passion for all of us involved with the Back Bay Ringers and we are always proud to bring you our art form. This spring we are presenting The Art of Ringing, which will showcase Boston’s deep connection to handbell ringing. Join us on Sunday, June 5 for concerts in Rockport, MA at 2:00 pm and Beverly, MA at 7:30 pm. We are excited to bring you some old classics and as well as our new favorites! Click HERE for details and tickets.

On May 17th we had a very successful Boston Handbell Festival, which saw Choirchimes distributed to the Donald McKay School in East Boston and Watertown Middle School.

Boston Handbell Festival

Boston Handbell Festival

Please join us this Tuesday for the 10th Annual Boston Handbell Festival. Performing choirs include the Back Bay Ringers, Old South Ringers, Merrimack Valley Ringers, New England Ringers, and special guest choir the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. For more information, click HERE.

A Message from the Executive Director

We have much to be excited about as we head into the New Year, including meeting many of our past resolutions. Our winter season welcomed record numbers of enthusiastic patrons [...]
By |February 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Whitechapel Update

To all the friends of Back Bay Ringers:

By |December 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Announcing our Capital Campaign

We are pleased [...]

By |November 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|