It all started in Egypt in 1986, when a small group of my friends wanted to play church music but we had no funds. Our leader came up with an idea that cost nothing —whistling into empty bottles! It was an instant success and the St. Mark’s Maadi team performed nonstop concerts from 1986 to 1996 when we were finally able to buy our first set of two octave handbells.

We then stablished the St. Anthony Handbells Group. I played with them until I immigrated to Canada with my family in 2003, sadly leaving behind my handbells.

After settling in Toronto, I could not imagine that I could ever spend Christmas without ringing, search on the internet, and found SJYM the Ingram Ringers, a very advanced team of ringers, who accepted me on their team. I learned a lot from the Ingram Ringers and was able to improve my ringing from level 2 to level 4.

Continue to attend workshops to learn new techniques and conducting skills.

Wanted to share the joy and happiness that playing bells gives to the ringer. The first team started in 2004 at St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. We now have two teams: Beginners (grades 4, 5 & 6) and Advanced (High School and up). The youngest member is nine years old but we have also started a team playing baby bells and boom-whackers from JK to Grade 3.

Performed in Coptic Churches, Hospitals, City of Markham event. Our future plan is to give joy by ringing in senior homes, more hospitals, charities, and wherever there is a need to touch people with happiness.