Statement from the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers
AGEHR mourns the loss of Honorary Life Member, Past President, and maestro extraordinaire, David Davidson. David lost a long battle with cancer the morning of Saturday, September 05, 2009. His contributions to AGEHR and the world of handbells were many, and his legacy lives on through those contributions: He opened the AGEHR national office in Dayton, Ohio, he was instrumental in the formation of the Handbell Industry Council, he helped develop the long-standing distribution arrangement between AGEHR Publishing and the Lorenz Corporation, and he was a key player in the establishment of the International Handbell Symposium.
David’s unflinching commitment to musical excellence helped raise the level of artistry in handbell ringing around the world. As conductor of the annual Distinctly Bronze events, Maestro Davidson continually challenged some of our best ringers to reach ever higher standards of musicianship.
His impact will continue for years to come.
Statement from the AGEHR President John Pfeiffer
Bells are ringing in heaven today.
How ironic it is that words are least effective when they are most necessary. There will be grief and sadness today, which my words can never match. There will be memories and tributes, which my words can never match. There will be love and peace today, which my words can never match.
And yet you and I must express in words the power, the beauty, the friendship, the love, the leadership—all the things that David means to us. One certainly cannot adequately put into words his contribution to the music we all love. Nor can we adequately remember all he has meant to us in this short time.
In the coming months and years, though, David will be with us. In our conducting, ringing, administrating, in whatever way we contribute, the guiding hand of what he taught us and showed us will continue to lead music throughout the world.
Bells are ringing in heaven today. Oh, to hear them.
We miss you David.