[r-t] Handbell Touch
Earisp at rsc.org
Wed Nov 8 14:50:48 GMT 2006
Thank you for the compliment - I'm glad you enjoyed the touch, and I was
proud to be asked to ring in it.
I knocked it up after returning from the pub on the evening of Wednesday
25 October. The ASCY master had requested a 16-bell touch, and Mr
Mounsey was doing the organising. The usual 'standard' options of
Stedman, Bristol, Kent, Littleport all have advantages and
disadvantages, but I thought something very new and yet considerably
better and more musical could be achieved.
Coming up with a 16-bell dinner-touch is actually quite constrained,
especially in two main ways:
1) Length. To keep people's attention you don't want to exceed a few
minutes (or up to around 140 changes). This doesn't give you much to
play with on 16 bells (2 leads of a treble-dodging method).
2) Difficulty. You don't want to spanner things up, the band don't ring
together at all, handbell ringers generally have little experience of
16-bell ringing, and there is very little practice-time before the
Now I'm a bit of an evangelist for mega-tittums (all consecutive bells
coursing) - see my emails to this list on the subject a few months ago.
The mega-tittums effect is absolutely gorgeous (and yet unfamiliar and
novel), and sounds even more impressive with the more bells you add - 16
is a great number. As all the bells are coursing, if you have a simple,
coursing-dominated method like Kent then it becomes fairly
straightforward to ring too. All in all, ideal.
I therefore knocked together the following true 120-change touch, which
consists of four blocks:
1) A link method with Bristol-style hunting to a point motifs over the
treble, and treble-dodging below, to get the bells into mega-tittums
2) Some original to get the treble back to the front
3) A full lead of Kent 16 to exploit the mega-tittums, finishing with a
4) A quick simple link to bring it round (-5-7-9-E-A-C)
I think it all worked well together. David Pipe suggested a different
link for block (1) with more elegant notation (namely
22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.E.1.A.1.C.1 - effectively Septuples), where the back
bells dodging till the treble arrives. However, the music in the link we
actually rang is somewhat more subtle and neat.
I made a recording from Abel myself shortly after composing it - I can
put this on my website this evening. If anyone was at the dinner and
either recorded some of the ringing, or knows of a recording, please let
me know - I'd very much like to hear it!
From: Julian Parker [mailto:juliancparker at yahoo.co.uk]
Sent: 08 November 2006 14:20
To: ringing-theory at bellringers.net
Subject: [r-t] Handbell Touch
As one of those fortunate to witness the awesome
handbell ringing on 16 at the College Youths' Dinner
last weekend, can someone supply details of the touch?
I would love to feed it into Abel for a rerun!
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