Published by Jason Taylor on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:57

Visiting ringers came to St. Mary Magdalene, Brampton on Thursday and rang a full peal on our church bells. 

The peal was rung by the Southwell & Nottingham guild of bell ringers. The peal was 5040 changes, the standard length, and was composed from 7 different bell-ringing methods (tunes).

5040 is the standard number of changes for a peal and it took 2hr58min to ring.

Peals on tower bells can take anywhere from two and a half to over four hours to ring, depending on the weight of the bells. They are both a physical and mental challenge, as concentration has to be maintained for a long period of time, and each individual ringer has to ring their bell without a break.

Composition of peals is a specialized and highly complicated area of change ringing, as it involves composing a peal according to set rules. The "Conductor" of the peal has to:

  • Control and ring their own bell in the correct sequence
  • Correct other ringers if they go wrong
  • Call the "bobs" and "singles" which are the "composition" – the equivalent of a musical score – that ensures the correct changes are rung in the correct sequence.

A peal can fail at any point if there is a mix-up of bells which cannot be put right; this can happen only minutes from the end.  This one, I believe, succeeded; well done to all involved!

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