Articles that discuss London Surprise
We had planned a session with Nick today, as he was going to be passing through central Scotland. It could have been a Cambridge Maximus session, but we didn't manage to find a sixth person, so we decided to work on London and Bristol Royal. We were fairly confident that...Read more
We rang a peal of London Major on Monday, which was a satisfying achievement. It's not at all easy, and everyone did well. Conducting from a pair other than the tenors was a challenge for me, and afterwards I realised that it completed the Standard 8 as conductor...Read more
We've arranged another attempt for our peal of London Royal for the Saturday after Christmas. I've decided to try a different composition, which is this one.
5040 London No.3 Surprise Royal Donald F Morrison (no. 1705) 23456 M W H -------------- 46352 - s 32654 s - 34256 2 -...Read more
We had another attempt for our peal, which started very well, but we didn't manage to keep it up and we stopped at half way again. After a couple of courses, the rate of making trips increased to the point of being a significant distraction, and eventually we found that...Read more
We went for our peal of London Royal on Sunday, but didn't succeed. We had two good attempts though: the first lasted four courses and the second time we made it to half way. So that was a total of eleven courses, which must have been good practice. We feel...Read more
After our success with Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, we have decided to try London next. Other possibilities would have been Rutland, or spliced Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, or Bristol. I don't think Rutland would be very rewarding - we don't ring it in the tower, so we would probably just...Read more
A few weeks ago I attended my first module of the ITTS (Integrated Teaching Training Scheme), and while I am not sure I ever gained mastery over the many acronyms floating about, I came away with some interesting ideas, which have some applications to handbell ringing.
The most productive concept...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
Sometimes you are really ready for a handbell session: you have done your homework, you managed somehow to leave work on time, you feel fed, relaxed and focused. When does that ever happen?
Certainly not last night: one of those slightly crazed evenings where nothing quite went to plan, and...Read more
Having dedicated September to mastering Bristol Surprise Major, our regular band is now focussed on getting to grips with London. We have limped to the end of a plain course a few times, but last night we attempted our first quarter.
Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go. It didn’t go about six...Read more