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.

Handbell domination?

Last week I joked on Facebook that our 41 Minor would have been the featured performance on BellBoard, if it hadn't been for the those clever chaps in Cambridge ringing Chandler's in hand on the same weekend.  Yesterday we were first, for a while, before being beaten out by a...

2 8 or 0 2 8 ?

Sorry, trying some txt-spk there! To wait, or not to wait: that is the question. If someone hesitates, should the rest of the band wait so that the bells strike in the right order, or should they relentlessly follow the rhythm? On tower bells we don't have a lot of...

Handbell Compositions

Handbell ringers often choose compositions that are designed for handbells, which usually means that a particular pair of bells rings a limited range of positions. For example, 3-4 might be coursing all (or almost all) the time; or perhaps 5-6 might ring only the coursing and 5-6 positions, and never...