Silent Movie “The Phantom of the Opera”, with organ accompaniment by Jonathan Story.
Vibré is a handbell group formed in 1990 by Diane Sorrels primarily to ring during the summer. The ensemble, comprised of Diane Sorrels, Leslie Russell, Andy Martinez and Gini Rainey, now rings year round and is dedicated to quality in handbell ringing in a small ensemble format. Gini Rainey joined the group in the summer of 1993, Leslie Russell in 1994 and Andy Martinez in 2002. All of the ringers were also members of East Texas Handbell Ensemble, a nationally acclaimed, professional bell ensemble ringing under the direction of Arnold Sherman.
This ensemble was brought together by the common thread of a love for handbells and the instrument’s music. Today vibré remains motivated by the challenge of a quality performance in a small ensemble setting. Perfecting a piece of music in the format suited for small ensemble ringing requires many hours of practice in very close quarters. Many times the choreography presents as much of a challenge to the group as does the execution of the music! Fortunately these ringers are blessed with a great respect for each other’s talent, a deep love of music, close friendships with each other, and perhaps most importantly of all, a shared sense of humor.
While being mothers, teachers, and business professionals, the members of vibré have performed in numerous venues throughout the East Texas area, as well as playing regularly at their home base, Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler. Vibré has served as faculty for several Handbell Musicians of America workshops and all four ringers have attended multiple Distinctly Bronze events on both coasts. DB is an auditioned event for advanced ringers. Most recently the ensemble was presented in concert in Nashville at Pinnacle, an event for ringers who have reached the top -pinnacle – of their art.
Although church-based, this group loves to ring music in the classical genré and has recorded a CD, “If It Ain’t Baroque.”