Articles that discuss Cambridge Surprise
This is a popular composition of Cambridge Royal, suitable for handbells as 3-4 ring only the 3-4 and coursing positions and 5-6 ring only the 3-4 and 5-6 positions. I have called it from 3-4 and 9-10. It's a two-part composition, and the part consists of two distinct phases if...Read more
On Monday we made some more progress with what is becoming our regular 10-bell band, with a peal of Cambridge Royal. We rang Jonathan's new bells, so they have now been properly christened. The peal wasn't perfect by any means, and the speed was a little variable, but it held...Read more
Quite a long time ago, I produced tables of the most popular methods for handbell peals of Major, Royal and Maximus, which showed that although Yorkshire Major is more commonly rung than Cambridge Major, the preference is reversed on higher numbers.
Just for fun, here are the...Read more
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...Read more