Joyful Ringing: Bells on Temple Square Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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This article was originally written by Lottie Peterson for Deseret News. The following is an excerpt. 

Every time the Bells on Temple Square performs the frantic, fast-paced “Flight of the Bumblebee,” one ringer on the back row hits the massive bells with a mallet — while wearing a beekeeper’s hat.

“I brought (the hat) to practice one day and (our director) thought that was fun and she let me wear it, and now it’s just developed into a little routine,” said Ferris Derbidge, who has been a member of the group since it was formed. “It’s a lot of fun.”

The choir began performing this piece, written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, in 2011 when LeAnna Willmore became the ensemble’s director. Since then, the song has served as a staple for the choir and its listeners.

“Everybody loves the bumblebee song,” said Warren Worsley, who has been a member of the group since 2012.

With the Bells on Temple Square of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now in its 10th year, the choir’s director and three of its ringers reflect on the ensemble’s musical and spiritual growth throughout the decade.

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