Conducting handbells

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I have written before about how following the coursing order can help with remembering a composition, and here is another example.

On Monday we are going for a quarter of Bristol with Alex Frye (it's going to be on Ringing Room because we currently have a local lockdown in...Read more

Three years after our last attempt at Grandsire Caters, today I called a quarter in Ringing Room. It took us a little while to get into it (actually it took us a little while even to get started, because we met with seven people of whom two were expecting...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

For the first time ever, we failed to complete a single quarter peal at a Scottish Handbell Day.  And yet, it was a very successful event.  How are both of those statements true? 

We have been spreading the conducting load around a little lately, in an effort to develop our...Read more

We are still working on Horton's Four, but I won't have anything new to say about ringing it until we eventually score. Meanwhile, here are some thoughts about how I learn and call a difficult composition of spliced. I hope that readers who are better conductors will comment from their...Read more

In my previous article I mentioned that we were hoping to go for a peal of spliced Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Bristol. Well, we did, and we rang it first time, which was satisfying. I was almost as pleased with it as I was with the...Read more

During our quarter of Aardvark, I had occasion to say "3 is coursing ahead of 4". I was finding it difficult to see whether or not 3-4 were the right way round, so I was trying to delegate to Tina the task of checking that she hadn't swapped...Read more

This post is the last in a series on conducting techniques for handbells. It covers the use of coursing order, but in a different way from the previous post. Last time I wrote about what I call "dynamic" use of the coursing order, which means using the coursing order to...Read more

This is the third post in a series on conducting techniques for handbells. In this post and the next one, I will describe ways of using the coursing order to check or correct the ringing.

Plain Bob Major: bells leading in coursing...Read more

This is the second post in a short series on conducting techniques that I find useful for handbell ringing.

What I mean by "local conducting" is seeing which piece of work a bell is doing, and using that information to remind its ringer of the next work, if he or she...Read more


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