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Submitted by on Tue 31/05/16 12:44

In 1985 teachers Mr Phillip Knight and Mrs Neroli Douglas advanced music making to a higher level. Knight in the form of a Concert Band and Douglas inaugurated a Handbell Choir.

Under the guidance of Douglas, the students quickly gained musical proficiency and in their first year gained a place in the Brisbane Music Competition for Secondary Schools. This, however, was not the end of the fame of the Handbell Choir. In 1986 the Handbell Choir applied for, and were granted, membership in the Handbell Society of Australasia and also the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. That same year they participated in the National Handbell Festival. This was, however, only the beginning of the role they would play in bringing accolades to their school. In 1987 they toured south to Cooranbong and Sydney. They also gave public performances in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, in City Hall, and twice appeared on TV Channel Seven. In addition they played at churches, cathedrals, weddings, and at a number of shopping centres. In 1987 they produced an audiocassette appropriately called Sacred Bells.

The following year, after an appearance on Channel O (now Channel 10), the Handbell Choir was invited to play on six consecutive days at Brisbane’s famous EXPO 88. 1988 also included a tour of Vanuatu.
Author - Arnold C. Reye Brisbane Adventist College - A Short History
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