The Albany Quadrant weekly band and our experience at learning together is what inspired the beginnings of this blog. Starting with a very wide range of experience (from none to quite a lot), we have all expanded what we can ring in different ways. Besides learning as individuals, there is a separate 'band' entity, which has a dynamic of its own, different from when we each ring with other bands. Our weekly band consists (most of the time) of Simon, Tina, Angela and Jonathan, with occasional visits from Marcus and Nick.
We've been practising hard and we have now rung all of the parts two or three at a time. Well, OK, when we rang parts 1, 2 and 3 we weren't in quite the right order at the end, but we rang most of it. Now it's a question of...Read more
So, this past weekend we had an intensive weekend of 23-spliced practice with Jonathan and Angela, starting on Friday evening and continuing through to Sunday afternoon. It was a great success and pushed us much farther forward than we expected.
Our aim was to just keep working as far as...Read more
We have set aside the coming weekend for intensive practice of the 23-spliced methods, starting on Friday evening and continuing for as long as we can manage. Eventually we will have to stop so that we can go tower-bell ringing on Sunday evening.
We lost the current quarter of spliced...Read more
Last week we were back at home after a holiday in the USA, and we managed to get back to our handbell project by ringing a quarter of Preston on Monday; just before going away, we had scored a quarter of spliced Wembley, Yorkshire, Jersey, Lincolnshire,...Read more
You know the rest...
Last week we reached a point of conflicting projects.
- The 23-spliced project, which was originally supposed to follow our success with 8-spliced last summer.
- The Horton's Four project, which we embarked on after ringing it in the tower in December.
We have had some success...Read more
We always view Holy Week as an opportunity to take a break from the bell tower, and do some more handbell ringing instead. This year, we packed in so much extra handbell ringing, that it has extended into an intensive fortnight of handbell ringing. This year we were very indulgent...Read more
Regular observers of the goings-on at 1 Albany Quadrant might have noticed that we have been working on Horton's Four (London, Bristol, Glasgow and Belfast), following a successful peal in the tower in December. From seeming impossible at first, it is gradually starting to feel more manageable, although we still find...Read more
If I had delayed my previous post by one week, I would have been able to end the post on a higher note (see Getting to grips with Horton's 4).
After not quite getting a quarter of Horton's 4 in the days immediately following our successful tower bell peal,...Read more
Since completing our 8-spliced project last June, we have turned our attention to another spliced challenge - that of ringing Horton's 4 (Glasgow, Bristol, Belfast, London) in hand. Well. After some detours into other little projects and the odd handbell day.
The impetus to get started was provided by the...Read more
We have been working on our current project, a peal of 8-spliced, for a while. We rang our first quarter in November 2012, and since then we've rung several more quarters, and lost a peal a few times. We find it difficult to get together for peal attempts, so we...Read more