Gay and Alan brought handbells to national attention in 2011 when they shot to fame with their rendition of the theme tune from Titanic in Britain’s Got Talent. They reached the semi-final and narrowly missed out on the final when their version of Phantom of the Opera brought them to 3rd place in the national audience vote.
Alan is Musical Director of Wallingford Ringers and Gay is a long-standing member. She is a past Chairman of Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, South East Region, while Alan is currently Vice Chairman and Oxfordshire Representative.
Both have extensive handbell experience and have performed and taught in 9 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia. They have performed in venues ranging from concert halls to castles, from cathedrals to palaces, from fetes to the Edinburgh Fringe, from social gatherings to street stages etc, and on boats on the Seine and the Thames. They have collaborated with choral societies, Rock Choirs, brass bands, orchestras and other musicians. Gay is also running the handbell courses at Denman College, the National Residential Course centre for the WI.
TV and radio appearances have included Radio 1 with Greg James, ‘The Voice – Louder on Two’ on BBC2 with Will.i.am, The One Show on BBC1, ‘This Morning’ with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford and ‘Lets Do Christmas with Gino and Mel’ with Gino D’Acampo and Melanie Sykes on ITV, Big Brother’s Bit on the Side on Channel 5, and Radio 2 with Chris Evans as well as Radio Oxford and BBC Oxford TV. On Boxing Day 2014 they performed “Santa Claus is coming to Town” together with Kermit the Frog on ITV’s Christmas Cracker with Bradley Walsh.“Absolutely Breathtaking” The Hoff (David Hasselhoff) “Can you stay here forever?” Greg James “It’s a real art form what you do” Amanda Holden “…..your fantastic rendition of the nation’s favourite song. I loved it.” Michael MacIntyre “It’s so relaxing. It’s beautiful – absolutely amazing to try – incredible – thank you!” Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo
Gay and Alan are available for performances, concerts, handbell experience sessions, weddings, corporate events, fetes and festivals, handbell teaching and workshops, musical collaborations and more.
Our Wedding Brochure is here with details of playing music and/or tower style bell peals:
Britain’s Got Talent videos:
A Christmas Video on Radio One with Greg James
Gay and Alan hope to get their own separate website up soon, but in the meantime please contact them here: