N&N: Monarch’s Lighthouse Bell Choir Joins Raleigh Ringers
On December 15, Monarch’s Lighthouse Bell Choir in Currituck County played a repertoire of Christmas music in the lobby of the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh before The Raleigh Ringers’ concert.
The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally-known hand bell choir, invited The Lighthouse Club Bell Choir to play after meeting them at a show last year. This partnership has given Monarch’s bell choir the opportunity to play for the community and the chance to meet with fellow musicians from The Raleigh Ringers, allowing them to learn from each other and share their love of music.
Since 2011, they have engaged in service throughout the community by playing hand bells for churches, community and civic groups, and seniors at nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the area. Because of the choir's efforts they recieved the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.
Erma Brault, operations director for Region 6 vocational sites, said the partnership with the Ringers is important for the Lighthouse Club Bell Choir. “It teaches the community that people living with disabilities can do anything if they put their minds to it. What a wonderful way to break down barriers with the use of music. It is a universal language,” Brault said.