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.

Why don’t my tower bell skills seem to be transferable?

I have learned very many new methods for peals on tower bells and it was so frustrating to find my skills seemed no use in hand.  I considered the skills I use when learning a new method:

  • Learn the place bell order.
  • Create, then condense a verbal description of the...

A busy week

This week I have been ringing every day since Sunday! Not all handbells, but still, it's been a long time since such an intensive week. Sunday and Tuesday were in the tower, but all the rest were handbells.

On Monday we had a second attempt at the peal of 4-spliced...

Of course the run of success couldn't last forever

It's been three weeks since my last article, and in that time we rang two quarters of 6-spliced surprise major (the old-fashioned standard eight without London and Pudsey). That made 9 quarters with no losses since we restarted live handbell ringing in June - a remarkable winning streak.

However, the...

Surprise Royal progress

Yesterday Nick dropped in for a quarter, as he was passing through Glasgow and had some time between trains. After a bit of debate and method revision, we agreed to ring spliced Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Royal. It was the first time we had tried spliced royal with an Albany...

New landmarks in Bristol

Bristol Royal with landmarks

On Monday we had an expedition to Angela's house, for the first time in more than a year, and rang a quarter of Bristol Royal. This was very satisfying - although we rang a quarter with Nick a couple of years ago, after several attempts, we had not previously practised...