The Heidelberg Handbell Choir recently played for residents and church members at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua. The Heidelberg Choir is a well-known 13-member hand bell choir based out of Slatington. Heidelberg's concert handbell choir rings six octaves of hand bells as well as five octaves of choir chimes. Over the past 24 years, they have entertained many audiences in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding tri-state area with a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music. The choir, under the direction of Jackie Laudenslager, is part of the music program at Heidelberg Union Church in Slatington. During their performance at the First United Methodist Church, they played many arrangements such as "Moon Over the Ruined Castle," "God of Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," and Nocturne in C Minor." For more information about future performances visit