Music on the Hill rings in the season

Music on the Hill celebrates the season with a festive concert of the Jubilate Ringers handbell choir and Festival Chorus performing classic carols and songs.

Sounds of the Season is Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 36 New Canaan Road.

Featured will be the premiere of artistic director Ellen Dickinson’s Stars over Snow: An English Christmas, with original music and an arrangement of traditional English carols for chorus and handbells.

The program also includes familiar and lesser-known carols and songs: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Wassail Song; Alice Parker’s arrangement of the French carol Il Est Né; and a setting of Tennyson’s Ring Out, Wild Bells by contemporary composer Linda Dowdell.

Audience members will be invited to join in singing favorite carols with the St. Matthew’s organ.

Sounds of the Season”is suitable for families and is free, with donations welcome ($20 suggested).

More holiday bells

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Music on the Hill ringers and singers (and a very special guest) will be at the Wilton Historical Society for Songs with Santa  at 2 and 3 p.m.

Each one-hour session includes a Holiday Handbells performance and singalong, plus a craft for children in Santa’s Jingle Bell Workshop. Songs with Santa is part of Holly Jolly Saturday at the museum, along with the Great Trains holiday exhibition. The sessions are free with admission to the Great Trains.