Change Ringing Videos

This performance happened in Cambridge last year.  How many ways of ringing bells can you identify?

Bells of Cambridge

Some of the performers in that piece are featured here too.  It takes a lot of practice to be this good:

Double Helix

One of the youngest ringers demonstrates a course of Plain Bob Minor:

Henry's Handbell Focus

Change ringing on 24 handbells, on 26th March 2011.  This is the first time this has ever been attempted, and all the ringers tried it for the first time that morning!

Ringing World Centenary Touch

The Tower bells at Westminster Abbey, ringing for the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton.  Watch how the bells turn back and forth, making their handstrokes and backstrokes:

Wedding ringing at Westminster Abbey

The video comes from inside the bell tower at St Mary-le-Bow, London (home of the Great Bell of Bow).  The first stroke is called the handstroke, where they are catching and pulling on the stripey woolly bits.  The backstroke is when they are pulling at the very end of the rope.  These are the actions that we replicate when ringing change ringing on handbells:

Ringing at St Mary-le-Bow