十一分音符手鈴隊成立於2003年,是香港註冊非牟利藝術團體,也是活躍於亞洲區的手鈴團體。樂團一直致力推廣手鈴音樂,並以多元化的節目及富感染力的演奏見稱。


樂團起初由11位成員組織而成,因此命名為「十一分音符手鈴隊」。現時手鈴隊隊員共16人,大部分皆為音樂教育工作者。成立至今,樂團不斷為觀眾呈獻不同類型的音樂會,包括《有鈴自遠方來》(2008)、《漫遊童夢》(2009)、《手牽手.鈴》(2010)、《八十分鐘環遊世界》(2011)、《音樂新文化Musicarama 2012─視聽、手鈴及現場電子》、《吾聲吾聲十週年》(2014) 、《數字嘉年華》(2015)及《鈴風輕哨》 (2016)。樂團屢次獲不同藝術團體及機構邀請作公開表演,包括香港旅遊發展局、香港文化中心、香港女童軍總會、屯門兒童合唱團、時代廣場及新城市廣場等。自2007年起,樂團獲香港手鈴藝術協會邀請,於每年香港手鈴節音樂會中擔任表演嘉賓。

 

除本地演出外,樂團更經常參與國際會議及演出,如:澳洲布里斯本(2006)、美國奧蘭度(2008)及日本大阪(2010)「世界手鈴大會」,與世界各地的手鈴團體作國際性的聯合演奏。

 

樂團不斷提升卓越的藝術水平,積極推進手鈴音樂之發展。除了演奏傳統的手鈴作品外,樂團更致力推廣本地手鈴作品,並在《音樂新文化2012》音樂會演繹多首本地作曲家的全新作品,包括梅廣釗《櫻韻》(2008)、許翔威《堅毅的平和-昂山素姬閱讀雨果》(2012)及劉詠浲《從天上來的回聲》(2012)等等。樂團更經常委約作曲家為樂團作曲及編曲,實驗及發掘手鈴的可能性,在《第十四屆世界手鈴大會》演奏駐團作曲家梁智軒的委約作品《和平之色》(2010),獲大眾一致好評。


 

Founded in 2003 with the aim to promote handbell music, Double Mallet Ringers (DMR) registered non-profit-making organization in Hong Kong and is one of the most active Handbell Ensemble in Asia. It achieved significant recognition on local stages for its diverse repertoire from Baroque to newly-commissioned works and passionate performances.

 

DMR was originally formed by 11 players and the name “Double Mallet” was given representing the Arabic numeral “11”. Now DMR comprises 16 amateur handbell musicians, mainly professional music educators. During the past ten years, DMR offers a wide variety of concerts and performances throughout its annual season, including “Bells to the East" (2008), "Playing Tunes"(2009), “Hands+ Handbells = Harmony” (2010), and “Around the World in 80 Mins” (2011), “Musicarama 2012─Audio Visual, Handbell & Live Electronics”, “Perfect 10th” (2014), “Viva il numero” (2015) and “Ringing in the Breeze” (2016). In addition, DMR was frequently invited to be performer guests by various arts organizations, including Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Musicphilic Winds, The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association, Tuen Mun Children’s Choir, Times Square, Shatin New Town Plaza, and so forth. From 2007, DMR was also invited to be performer guests of the Hong Kong Handbell Festival every year.

 

Other than building and developing its local audience, DMR has continued to raise its international profile by participating in international conferences and performances regularly. DMR was invited to join the International Handbell Symposium held in Brisbane (2006), Orlando (2008) and Osaka (2010) respectively, and playing with other ringers around the world for joint performance. 

 

DMR aims at pursuing artistic excellence, as well as serving to deepen the awareness and   appreciation of handbell in Hong Kong. Apart from performing standard repertoire, DMR devoted to promoting local handbell music. In the concert “Musicarama 2012”, DMR presented new compositions of selected local composers, including Mr. Mui Kwong-chiu’s Song of Sakura (2008),Mr.Galison Lau’s The Echo from Above (2012), Mr. Hui Cheung-wai’s Resolute Calmness - As Daw Suu Reads Hugo (2012), and so forth. In addition, DMR commissions new works every year in order to explore and experience the new possibilities of handbell ringing. DMR has performed at The 14th International Handbell Symposium, playing a commission The Colour of Peace by composer Mr. Leung Chi-hin in the 14th International Handbell Symposium, which was highly popular with critical acclaim.


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