When the first Arsis children ensemble started its activity in 1996, we saw how much delight and happiness playing handbells brought them. Handbells are instruments that relatively quickly enable playing in an ensemble and therefore also allowing to enjoy making music quicker as well!
We decided that this joy needs to be shared with more children and the idea of a handbell school started to grow!
After a year full of searching for suitable rooms, paperwork, assembling the staff and acquiring a teaching permit from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, the Arsis Handbell School opened in 1999 in Tallinn and two years later in Tartu.
To date, we have given basic music education to almost a 1000 Estonian children, many of whom we often meet at different concert halls, either among the audience or on stage as professional musicians. Several of them have continued playing handbells in Arsis youth concert ensembles, participating actively in concert programmes.
Teamwork, responsibility, communication and courage to perform – these are the skills that children learn from playing in an ensemble! They will also find friends for life!