Bells at Banff Anglican Church

Hopefully this COVID 19 Story will make you smile, as you listen to Amazing Grace played by Church Bells ( see link below the story): 

You’ve probably heard about people in Italy singing on their balconies during COVID 19, but how about those in Banff cheering to the sounds of bells?  Bells are ringing every day as part of a new ritual by Heather Jean Jordan, a singer-songwriter and music teacher based in the mountain town of Banff, Alta.

Jordan started by performing the bells in Banff after the Sunday service at St. George-in-the-Pines Anglican Church in Banff was cancelled due to COVID 19. People contacted her afterward to say the sounds made them feel hopeful.  “The first Sunday that we did it, people said it touched them and that they really needed that, and I was like, ‘Well, I don’t have any other work really, so I might as well do it every day, So Jordan, who is the Anglican church’s music director, contacted the rector to see if she could ring the bells every day at 1 p.m. MT. You can watch her play in the video.  “Half the town is laid off, so it’s a very quiet town, but you can hear it way across the river.

History of the bells

The set of 11 peal bells was purchased for St. George-in-the-Pines Church in 1927. The peal of bells was the first of its kind to come to Canada, Jordan said.

“They were installed in honour of those who fought in the First World War, and they came up the Panama Canal from England,” Jordan said. She added that playing the bells is similar to a keyboard or xylophone, but the sound is controlled by a series of 11 levers. The music echoes across Banff.

Click on the link below to hear Amazing Grace