Recordings of Change Ringing

I started making this collection of bell recordings in 2001 prompted by a "rediscovery" of some St Martin's Guild peal attempts I had on tape, and a good recording of the Towcester band practicing for a striking competition. Using a minidisc recorder and sound-editing software I have continued to add to the collection. Most of the recordings are of peals and are taken from the ringing room, thus what is presented here is much as the band heard it at the time: rope noise, clapper rattle and all. While this is not necessarily the best position from which to record bells, I believe it gives an interesting - and honest - appraisal of the rings of bells in question, from the perspective of the practioners.

All recordings are optimised in mp3 format. File sizes range from 240k to 400k, the aim being to reproduce a quality sample of around 30 to 50 seconds duration. Download times will vary accordingly.

Please note that all recordings are subject to copyright and may not be copied or used for any other purpose without expressed permission from the owners. In the first instance please contact by clicking here.

Michael Wilby, June 2002.


The Recording List
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Tower Bells Method

Play:AbergavennyAbergavenny, Gwent, Priory of St Mary10, 25-0-18 in DCambridge S Royal
Cast by: Taylor 1948   Recording: College Youths Peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:Ainderby SteepleAinderby Steeple, N Yorks, The Campanile12, 0-0-18 in GBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Ceramic bells   Recording: St James' Guild peal, March 2002 © Robin O Hall

Play:AmershamAmersham, Bucks, St Mary12, 19-0-6 in EToronto D Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1983/93   Recording: unsuccessful peal attempt © Michael P A Wilby

Play:AppletonAppleton, Oxon, The Balscote Ring12, 1-2-16 in BbStedman Cinques
Cast by: Gillett & Johnston, Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel   Recording: Oxford Society peal, Jan 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:BirminghamBirmingham, , Cathedral of St Philip12, 31-0-21 in DStedman Cinques
Cast by: Gillett & Johnston 1937 & 49   Recording: St Martin's Guild peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:BirminghamBirmingham, , St Martin16, 39-1-19 in CBristol S Sixteen
Cast by: Whitechapel 1989-91   Recording: St Martins Band © Michael P A Wilby

Play:BirminghamBirmingham, , St Martin16, 39-1-19 in CAriel S Maximus (on the back 12)
Cast by: Whitechapel 1989-91   Recording: St Martins Band © Michael P A Wilby

Play:BirminghamBirmingham, , St Paul10, 12-2-13 in F#Stedman Caters
Cast by: Taylor 2005   Recording: The first peal on the bells - Nov 25th 2005, St Martin's Guild © Michael P A Wilby

Play:BristolBristol, , St Stephen12, 19-1-17 in ESwindon S Maximus
Cast by: Rudhall 1759; Taylor 1969 (1-5)   Recording: College Youths peal, May 2002 © Jennie Paul

Play:CanterburyCanterbury, Kent, Cathedral12, 34-3-4 in C#Bristol S Maximus
Cast by: Whitechapel 1981   Recording: College Youths peal, May 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:ChelmsfordChelmsford, Essex, Cathedral12, 34-2-22 in CCambridge S Maximus
Cast by: Warner 1913   Recording: Southwell DG peal, April 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:DouglasDouglas, IOM, St George12, 18-2-14 in EBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1999/2001   Recording: St Martin's Guild peal, July 2010 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:DublinDublin, Eire, Christ Church Cathedral16, 45-0-20 in BBristol S Sixteen
Cast by: Rudhall, Murphy, Taylor C18 to C20   Recording: St Martins Guild peal, Sept 2001 © Leslie Taylor

Play:EnniskillenEnniskillen, Co. Fermanagh,
Cathedral of St Macartan
10, 20-2-15 in EbGrandsire Caters
Cast by: T Mears; Taylor (1-4)   Recording: Irish Association Peal, March 2003 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:ExeterExeter, Devon, Cathedral12, 72-2-2 in BbStedman Cinques
Cast by: Various founders C17 to C20   Recording: St James Guild peal, April 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:GrundisburghGrundisburgh, Suffolk, St Mary12, 8-0-23 in GBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Various   Recording: Bedfordshire Association peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:HuddersfieldHuddersfield, W Yorks, St Peter10, 23-1-12 in EbLincolnshire S Royal
Cast by: Taylor 1909   Recording: Southwell DG peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:IpswichIpswich, Suffolk, St Mary-le-Tower12, 34-3-16 in C#Bristol S Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1976 - 1999 (1 M&S)   Recording: Bedfordshire Association peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:KensingtonKensington, London SW7, The Institute10, 38-1-15 in C#4-Spliced S Royal
Cast by: Taylor 1892   Recording: St Martins Guild peal, Dec 1994 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:Leamington SpaLeamington Spa, Warks, St Peter (RC)8, 16-0-4 in F#Stedman Triples
Cast by: Taylor 1905   Recording: Quarter peal - Easter Sunday 2004 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:Leigh SintonLeigh Sinton, Worcs, Lower House Farm12, 0-0-2 in CRounds
Cast by: Servants bells   Recording: © Michael P A Wilby

Play:LlandaffLlandaff, S Glamorgan, Cathedral12, 24-1-15 in EbBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Whitechapel 1993   Recording: College Youths peal, May 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:LondonLondon, EC, St Mary-le-Bow10, 53-0-22 in BCall Changes
Cast by: Lester & Pack   Recording: The back 10 of the pre 1933 Bow Bells © St Mary-le-Bow

Play:LondonLondon, EC, St Mary-le-Bow12, 54-0-12 in BCall Changes
Cast by: Gillett & Johnston 1933 (mostly)   Recording: The 1933 Gillett twelve which were lost in WW2 © St Mary-le-Bow

Play:LondonLondon, EC, St Mary-le-Bow12, 41-3-21 in CBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Mears & Stainbank 1956   Recording: College Youths peal, Feb 2002 © Robin O Hall

Play:MelbourneMelbourne, Victoria (Aus),
St Paul's Cathedral
12, 29-1-12 in C#Stedman Cinques
Cast by: Mears & Stainbank 1889   Recording: St Martin's Society peal, April 2001 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:NewportNewport, Gwent, Cathedral12, 21-1-20 in DCambridge S Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1913; Gillett & Johnston 1939 (1-5)   Recording: College Youths peal, May 2002 © Jennie Paul

Play:NottinghamNottingham, , St Mary12, 35-2-23 in CBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Gillett & Johnston 1935, Oldfield 1595 (11th), Eijsbouts 1980 (1 & 2)   Recording: Towcester & Districts Peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:OxfordOxford, Oxon, Cathedral12, 31-0-23 in DStedman Cinques
Cast by: Various founders   Recording: Oxford Society peal, Aug 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:OxfordOxford, Oxon, Magdalen College10, 19 cwt in EBristol S Royal
Cast by: Various founders   Recording: East meets West peal, Apr 2001 © Robin O Hall

Play:OxfordOxford, Oxon, New College10, 20 cwt in EbSpliced S Royal
Cast by: Various founders   Recording: Oxford Society Peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:OxfordOxford, Oxon, St Mary Magd.10, 7-2-8 in ASpliced Royal "Bond Series"
Cast by: Taylor   Recording: Oxford Society Peal, April 2003 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:OxfordOxford, Oxon, St Thomas10, 11-2-6 in F#33-Spliced S Royal
Cast by: Taylor 1992-6   Recording: St Martins Guild attempt at 11880 changes, Apr 1996 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:PeterboroughPeterborough, Cambs, Cathedral12, 21-1-20 in EbBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1902 & 28; Whitechapel 1986   Recording: College Youths peal, Dec 2001 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:St Mary's PlattSt Mary's Platt, Kent,
Piltdown House Campanile
12, 22 lbs in EbBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Bowditch & Higby 2000   Recording: First peal on the bells (conclusion). © Phillip R J Barnes

Play:StourbridgeStourbridge, Worcs, St Thomas12, 18-2-8 in EBristol S Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1928 - 99   Recording: Oxford Society peal © Michael P A Wilby

Play:SurfleetSurfleet, Lincs, St Laurence12, 12-0-9 in FStedman Cinques
Cast by: Norris (2) C17; Taylor 1902 - 32   Recording: unsucessful peal attempt, Feb 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:TowcesterTowcester, Northants, St Lawrence12, 23-1-16 in EbErin Cinques
Cast by: Taylor 1897 & 1989   Recording: Local band practice for the 1999 12-bell contest © Michael P A Wilby

Play:TowcesterTowcester, Northants, The Rack6, 0-0-4 in ABeverley S Minor
Cast by: Handbells hung for ringing   Recording: Towcester & Districts Assn peal, Nov 2001 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:WorcesterWorcester, Worcs, All Saints12, 20-1-1 in EbToronto D Maximus
Cast by: Rudhall, Mears, Whitechapel 1692-1977   Recording: College Youths peal, Apr 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:WorcesterWorcester, Worcs, Cathedral12, 49-2-0 in BCambridge S Maximus
Cast by: Taylor 1928   Recording: College Youths peal, Jan 2002 © Michael P A Wilby

Play:YorkYork, N Yorks, St Wilfrid10, 18-0-21 in FSpliced Royal "York Series"
Cast by: Gillett & Johnston; Taylor (1-2)   Recording: St Martin's Guild Peal, March 2003 © Michael P A Wilby

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