Bells on Temple Square to Celebrate 10 Years with Concert

  • June 12, 2015
June 12, 2015
Tabernacle on Temple Square

The Bells on Temple Square

Article Highlights

  • Bells on Temple Square to perform a concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the ensemble.
  • Concert, entitled “Joyfully Ring,” will take place on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
  • The ensemble will perform “Flight of the Bumblebee,” which has been seen over 90,000 times on YouTube.

The Bells on Temple Square will perform a celebratory concert marking the 10th anniversary of the formation of the ensemble in 2005. Entitled “Joyfully Ring,” the concert will be held for one night only on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. LeAnna Willmore will conduct the bell choir, with Larry Smith, associate conductor, leading the ensemble for several numbers.

The 32-member bell choir will perform a variety of music ranging from classical to contemporary. Willmore indicates that the repertoire for the concert was chosen by the members of the ensemble and includes some of their all-time favorites. “Finlandia,” “Good Vibrations,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will find their place on the concert, which will conclude with “Flight of the Bumblebee,” which has been seen over 90,000 times on YouTube.

In March 2005, an anonymous donation to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir made possible the initial purchase of handbells for the creation of a roughly 30-member ensemble. The set of handbells that serves the Bells on Temple Square now includes a 7-octave set of English handbells, a 6½-octave set of handbells, and two 6-octave sets of hand chimes.

When the formation of a bell choir was announced 10 years ago, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir office received over 200 applications. Of these, 32 were selected and became the charter members of Bells on Temple Square. Twelve of those original ringers will perform in the 10th anniversary concert. “To be celebrating our 10th anniversary is a great tribute to our musicians,” Willmore says.


Free tickets are required for this event, with a limit of four tickets per person. Sale of tickets will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, both online or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LD-TIKS) beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Based on availability, tickets may be obtained in person at the ticket office located at door 4 of the Conference Center. The ticket office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Seating will be general admission.

Special Considerations

Children ages eight and older are welcome at all performances. No babies, please.

Ambulatory impairment seating is available. Patrons who require such seating should inform Guest Services when they arrive at the event.

Patrons should not bring cameras or audio or video recording devices into the performance halls. Photographs are not permitted during the performance.

Sunday dress is encouraged.

Patrons should turn off pagers, cellular phones, and similar electronic devices during the performance.

Food and beverages are not permitted in performance halls.

Patrons may not bring packages or backpacks into performance halls.

Service dogs are not allowed in venues where meetings or events are being broadcast or recorded. Ushers will direct you to overflow viewing rooms where your service dog is allowed.

Those attending the production should consider traffic congestion, plan to arrive early, and park in designated parking areas only.

The Tabernacle doors will open 60 minutes before the performance start time.

Ticket holders are requested to be in their seats no later than 15 minutes before the performance begins.

Standby seating may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line is formed at the flagpole on Temple Square.

The length of the performance is approximately 90 minutes.