The Nottingham Eight on Handbells

The Northallerton band rang a peal of the Nottingham Eight recently:

Yorkshire Association
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
19 The Green, Romanby

Friday, 28 April 2017 in 2h32 (11)

5184 Spliced Surprise Major (8m) 
960 Cassiobury; 768 Cambridge; 576 Bristol, Cornwall, Glasgow, Lessness, London, Superlative; 149 com.
Composed by D F Morrison (no. 7344)

1-2  Jonathan J F Stokoe
3-4  Jennifer A Town
5-6  James W Holdsworth (C)
7-8  Peter J Sanderson

The composition is one of the ones I decided not to call in the tower, but it's a good one with lots of 5678s and 6578s at the front and back, as well as being handbell-friendly because 5-6 are fixed at the part-end.

This set me wondering how many previous handbell peals there have been of the Nottingham Eight. By searching BellBoard, I found two more, both of them Graham John's one-part all-the-work composition, conducted by Richard Pearce.

Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild
Staines, 44 Sidney Road

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 in 2h21 (size 15)

5024 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
(8m: 800 London; 672 each Cambridge, Cornwall, Lessness; 640 Superlative; 544 Glasgow; 512 each Bristol, Cassiobury; 137 com, atw)
Composed by G A C John

1-2  Muffie King
3-4  David C Brown
5-6  Richard A Pearce (C)
7-8  Peter R King


Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild
Islington, London, 9G Highbury Crescent

Thursday, 17 October 2013 in 2h20 (size 11)

5024 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
(800 London; 672 each Cambridge, Cornwall, Lessness; 640 Superlative; 544 Glasgow; 512 each Bristol, Cassiobury; 137 com, atw)
Composed by G A C John
1-2  Peter J Blight
3-4  Ruth Blackwell
5-6  Richard A Pearce (C)
7-8  David G Maynard

 

There might be other peals that were never published on Campanophile or BellBoard, but it's more difficult to find them through a combination of www.peals.co.uk and checking details in the Ringing World. Even so, it's clear that there is some way to go before this combination of methods overtakes the Standard 8 in popularity.

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Nottingham Eight on Handbells

Thank you for that information, Graham. Also thanks for the pointer to your split tenors composition, which I hadn't seen before. I would like to ring the Nottingham Eight with our band, but probably I will call one of the easier compositions so that it doesn't turn into another long project.

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