A new collection of handbell-friendly compositions

Among its many features, Composition Library allows one to create collections, which can contain methods, compositions or both. I have defined a collection consisting of many of my favourite handbell-friendly compositions, both quarters and peals. Each composition has a brief note describing the features that make it especially suitable for handbells, and in most cases there is a link to a blog article about the composition. It took a little bit of coaxing to get the blog links into CompLib - they are masquerading as page numbers, where the number is a reference to the blog's internal database.

There are some other CompLib collections of handbell compositions; everyone has their favourites. I have previously set up a collection containing all the methods and compositions from Change-Ringing on Handbells Volume 1, but most of the compositions are just standard callings and not particularly handbell-oriented. If other handbell conductors would like to nominate compositions, I will add them and write blog articles reviewing their handbell-friendly features.

A new handbell venue

I have managed to squeeze another handbell ringing session into our already packed schedule. One of our ringers in Glasgow, Iain, has returned to ringing in his retirement after learning to handle at Inveraray a long time ago and then spending many years working abroad. He is keen on trying...

Proliferating Projects

For one reason and another, we seem to have an ever-increasing number of different combinations of people coming to ring more or less regularly. There's our "core four", of course. Despite trying to coordinate Seph with the core four in order to do some 10-bell ringing, we've slipped back into...

The long road to Lincolnshire (and other places)

This morning I came across an interesting blog post on productivity, which is titled 'The McDonald's Theory' (there's a link at the bottom of this post).  The theme is how to get started on a project, particularly a difficult, long, or still rather amorphous project.  The conclusion: just start, even...

Going back to basics is never a waste of time

In the face of tonsilitis, winter vomiting bug, holiday schedules, the midwinter bellringing blues and the continued absence of our increasingly awesome head conductor, we met again to ring handbells with Marcus.

(I know it is April and therefore technically spring.  But, you know, only technically.  The body clock is...

Not so rudderless ringing

One of the things that came out of the aftermath of Roger Bailey's death and subsequent memorial arrangements was that Marcus Wheel has officially come out of handbell retirement.

Our sitting room - several sets of handbells and the Handbell Club hunting charts

Four of us met last night for a pretty lighthearted evening of ringing, which included courses of Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire...