PRESS RELEASE: Stop Handgun Violence partners with Back Bay Ringers to bring awareness to gun violence through three nights of concerts across the Boston metro area 

June 7, 2019

The Back Bay Ringers are dedicating their Spring Season of Giving Back to gun violence prevention awareness and donating proceeds of their concert series to Stop Handgun Violence.

“We are proud to partner with the Back Bay Ringers to help us share our message and bring awareness about this issue to new audiences,” said Zoe Grover, Executive Director of Stop Handgun Violence. “Every day a hundred individuals are killed by guns in America. We applaud the Back Bay Ringers for prioritizing this important cause in their advocacy.”

“With shootings like Sandy Hook, Parkland and, most recently, Virginia Beach, the we knew we wanted to get involved on the issue” said Griff Gall, the Artistic Director of Back Bay Ringers. “We are excited to be donating our spring series proceeds to Stop Handgun Violence, a group that is working to end all local gun violence including the less publicized homicides and suicides in our neighborhoods. This partnership also gives us the opportunity to showcase original music written in direct response to incidents of gun violence”

Concert Series Details:

Saturday June 8, 7:30pm: Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church,tickets

Sunday June 9, 4:00pm: Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, tickets

Friday June 14th, 7:30pm: First Church in Boston,tickets

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Stop Handgun Violence(SHV) is a Massachusetts based non-profit organization committed to the prevention of gun violence through education, public awareness, effective law enforcement and common-sense gun laws. SHV has been the lead advocate in Massachusetts for enactment of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and first in the nation consumer protection regulations. The organization does not seek to restrict Constitutional rights, but advocates only for common sense legislation that will help save lives. For more information, go to www.stophandgunviolence.org

Back Bay Ringers (BBR) is an advanced, auditioned, handbell ensemble. Under the direction of Griff Gall, BBR has quickly developed a reputation for excellence, regularly performing at Boston-area landmarks such as Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Prudential Center. Back Bay Ringers has also performed in festivities associated with the Democratic National Convention as well as the Boston Marathon. In 2016, BBR was honored to perform at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar in Rochester, NY, and also made its debut with the Boston Pops.

BBR was founded in 2004 as the nation’s first handbell ensemble dedicated to members and friends of the LGBT community, and it remains open and affirming for the membership, board, and community. BBR performs both as a large ensemble and in smaller quartets throughout the year in both public settings and for private bookings, and annually sponsors the Boston Handbell Festival.  They have released three recordings:  Merry and Bright, Perpetual Motion, and Comfort and Joy. For more information, visit http://www.backbayringers.org/

 


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