Bucknell Rooke Chapel Ringers To Perform in Cranford
The Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Ringers will perform at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
The Rooke Chapel Ringers were organized in 1983 under the direction of William A. Payn, director of choral studies. The choir consists of 16 members selected by audition and who represent every major field of study at Bucknell, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business administration, education and engineering.
Cranford resident and Bucknell senior Kelli Bruno will be part of the ensemble that will play at the Jan. 9 performance, which will be held in the sanctuary of the church and is free and open to the public.
The Ringers play regularly for worship services on campus and participate in the traditional ringing-in-of-Christmas at candlelight services in Rooke Chapel each December. This popular performance, taped and repeatedly televised by PBS for national distribution, was nominated for an Emmy in 1996, 2004 and 2011.
In addition to touring through New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the Ringers have performed in New England, Canada, Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest.
Payn has led his choirs to international recognition for their creative interpretation of significant choral literature of the past five centuries. His choirs have performed all over the world, including concert tours in England, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, West Germany, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Slovenia, Argentina and Uruguay. Closer to home, they have sung in Florida, California and Arizona. With the recent completion of several commissioned works, Payn has more than 40 published compositions, including a new 2009 publication, “This Day” which was written for the Rooke Chapel Choir. “Heart Melodies” for handbells and chamber orchestra is distributed by Paradigm Press and was performed by the Phoenix Symphony in 2003. Several recent performances of “Heart Melodies” have taken place around the world. A new 2012 publication, “On This Day Earth Shall Ring,” was written for the Rooke Chapel Choir and Ringers. His works are performed virtually every week in the US and abroad.
The handbells and hand-held chimes are produced by Schulmerich Bells, Sellersville, Pennsylvania. The Rooke Chapel Ringers travel with seven octaves of handbells and five octaves of Melody Chime Instruments.
First Presbyterian Church of Cranford is located at 11 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ.