[r-t] Stephen Ivin

Roddy Horton rrhorton at btinternet.com
Fri Jan 8 18:47:34 UTC 2010

He was indeed a very clever man.

The 5088 is the only 3 part tenors together, bobs only, of normal peal 
to contain 144cru's. (I exclude reversals, transpositions and the one moving 
a H to a W)

A true classic.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Philip Earis" <pje24 at cantab.net>
To: <ringing-theory at bellringers.net>
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 8:53 AM
Subject: [r-t] Stephen Ivin

> I'm very sorry to see the news that Stephen Ivin died yesterday.
> Stephen was of course a prolific ringer, who contributed a huge amount
> across many different ringing activities.
> In the realm of ringing theory, Stephen produced some extremely
> influential compositions.  His 3-part 5088 of Bristol Major, containing
> all 144 CRUs, continues to rung extremely frequently:
> Stephen J Ivin
> 23456    M  B  W  H
> 42356             1
> 35426          1  1
> 24536          2  2
> 25346    1  -  2  2
> 26543    2        1
> 23645    2        1
> 3 part.  144 cru's. 12
> London major was perhaps his main focus though, and he conducted more
> peals than anybody else in the method. He produced many compositions of
> London from the mid 1950s onward, and very recently published a collection
> of 48 of these along with some introductory commentary (see the notice at
> www.ringingworld.co.uk/notices.html)
> Stephen was a member of this email list, and posted in recent months about
> Grandsire Triples, another method he had a keen interest in and produced
> compositions for.
> I have fond memories of him debating with me at length (and with a twinkle
> in his eye) on the merits of London at the 12-bell final at Towcester a
> couple of years back.  I was also a little surprised when he stormed up
> the tower at St Thomas, Oxford (a fine ring he brought to fruition, and an
> enduring legacy) just after I rang a peal on the morning of OUS dinner day
> a few years ago, only to be told by him that we couldn't have rung a peal
> as it finished too quickly. All good fun.
> He will be sadly missed.  It would be nice if somebody more familiar with
> his compositions could publish a more detailed appraisal here.
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