New compositions of Kent

I've said before that one of the benefits of online ringing with the Five O'Clock Club has been picking up some new compositions, especially using non-standard calls. Today I learnt new compositions of Kent Royal and Maximus.

The original plan was to ring a quarter of Kent Maximus. We've rung a few before, several of which I've called, with the composition M W H repeated. This time Peter suggested a different calling: M B 2H repeated, where the Before is an 8th place bob. It gives a bit more coursing for 3-4 and 5-6. Unfortunately we fell apart in the lead before the Before, triggered I think by some internet lag which led to some too-fast leading and then most of us lost track of where the change was starting.

Simon Rudd didn't have time to start again - he seems to ring two or three online quarters on a typical Thursday. So the rest of us rang a quarter of Kent Royal, which Peter called with the composition H B M W M H. The Before is a 6th place bob. This is very nice because it gives 1280, instead of my go-to calling of W 2H three times for 1440. There is also a good amount of coursing for 3-4 and 5-6. We rang well with a good pace, although afterwards Jeff said that it sounded choppy from where he was. The 1280 might also be worth considering for Littleport, if and when we ring it again.

Another first quarter

This afternoon we rang Jessica's first handbell quarter: Plain Bob Minor with her on the trebles. We had an attempt a few weeks ago, which was going well but we had to stop when we realised we had miscalculated the time available before needing to drop our son Thomas off...

Methods as compositions, part 1: Single Court and Double Court

Single Court Bob Minor

I have been thinking about how to understand the internal structure of methods by viewing  them as compositions. This isn't particularly related to handbells, except that some of the methods I'm going to look at are methods with simple structures that make them easy for handbell ringing.

To see what...

What is the simplest peal composition of Yorkshire?

This question came up at home this week because Tina is organising a peal of Yorkshire, which will be her first handbell peal as conductor. What she's looking for is a straightforward composition to call, perhaps with handbell-friendly features.

A straightforward and well-known composition is Pitstow's:


5088 Yorkshire Surprise Major...