Dear Family & Friends,
Virginia Bronze has benefited from the generosity of the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia for several seasons with the loan of their bass chimes to us at no cost. With the success and popularity of their own handbell program, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, their handbell program has expanded and these chimes will be needed on a daily basis by their students.
So that we can continue to have these wonderful instruments at our concerts, VA Bronze is in the middle of a capital campaign in order to purchase our own lower base chimes. This will allow us to continue providing music with the full, rich sounds these chimes produce. Our goal is to raise the $11,000 needed so we can buy the chimes. This money will allow us to buy all the chimes, the chime racks, chime carrying cases, rack carrying cases, and the special mallets used to play the chimes.
The warm sounds of these bass chimes add a soulful richness to our music as they resonate throughout the concert hall. These chimes, with their deep voices, can invoke such a wide range of emotions from full, boastful enthusiasm to that of longing and sorrow. They add a wonderful dimension to our concerts that would be missing without their beautiful tones. Please help us keep these majestic instruments as part of our music programs.
Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, but for each $1,000 given by an individual or group, we will dedicate a chime to you. Additionally, you will receive two complimentary tickets to the chimes’ debut concert so you can be recognized and have a photo op with ‘your’ chime. All contributions are tax deductible and VA Bronze will provide a tax receipt for all donations over $50.00. If paying by check please put “Chimes” in the memo field so that we can properly account for your donation. Checks can be mailed to:
PO Box 844
Alexandria, VA 22313