[r-t] Compositions of the Decade: Part 8 - Cinques

Alexander Holroyd holroyd at math.ubc.ca
Fri Jun 19 21:51:01 UTC 2015

Nice write-up, Jack!

I actually find it very helpful and intersting to hear a brief summary of 
a band's experiences in ringing something new like this.


On Wed, 17 Jun 2015, Jack Gunning wrote:

> Mark, I'm not sure if this is the sort of thing you had in mind:
> I wanted to call an easy LB every course peal (as Alexander noted it was 
> composed with the non-mega conductor in mind).  
> The composition was enjoyed by the band, it is a little bit different and 
> fun.  It drew complements afterwards. Colin said it was one of the most 
> interesting comps of S11 he'd rung.  The clever bit is, of course, the Q 
> block - I just joined it together as simply as I could using fixed back-bell 
> positions I enjoy.  I really like inverted tit-tums and some of best ringing 
> was in this part (I put it in the middle of the comp to maximise the 
> chances of this).    
> I had decided that I wouldn't be able to watch all the bells all of the time 
> or to reliably transpose all of the course ends/orders on the fly, but that 
> knowing the course ends were coming up right would be enough.  I therefore 
> learnt the c/os [before] or (after) the course ends as follows, where - 
> denotes a back bell:
> [6-2-3145] 23146578E90
> [6-4-3215] 43216578E90 s9 s16 18
> [6-3-1425] 31426578E90 s16 18
> (64235-1)  25416378E90 7 s9 s16 s18
> (24531-6)  51462378E90 s14 s16 s18
> (13542-6)  52361478E90 s7 s14 s16 s19
> (53246-1)  26315478E90 s14 s16 s18
> [6-2-1435] 21436578E90 s7 s14 s16 s18 19
> All of which are memorable for their own reasons (similarity with plain 
> course, 4321, 32-nm, LB5 orders, round at hand).  
> I also had a some idea of which bells were affected at the calls, e.g which 
> bell gets stuck at the back at the s14 s16 s18, where three calls work 
> together to swap one pair (s9 s16 s18 in course 3 and s7 s14 s16 in course 5 
> both swap 12), if you know what the c/o will be before the c/e it is (just) 
> possible (for me) to work out which bells are affected and how at s16 18.  
> As it happened there were very few mistakes, but I felt comfortable knowing 
> that it was right every 5.5 minutes and that I was calling the correct 
> course. 
> I rang the 7th which (along with the 8th) is probably the easiest bell to 
> call it off, for the obvious reason that it is only in two positions across 
> the 5 parts. 
> On a personal note, it wasn't 'my' band, Tim organised the peal after we had 
> lost two previous attempts I organised (unsettled ringing on the run up to 
> the second turning course and then we met short).  There were several people 
> in the band that I haven't rung with before - it's quite fantastic that 
> people will ring to help a stranger.  
> We were supposed to be ringing at Shoreditch, however, there was a concert on 
> in the church such that we couldn't ring.  We only found this out about 
> about 530pm when we arrived for a 545pm meet.  With a need to start at 615pm 
> latest (to allow those that traveled furthest to get home) Tim and Richard 
> somehow managed to organise everything such that we could start at Magnus at 
> 614pm.  I was extremely grateful not to be involved with the stress and 
> organising. Third time lucky.    
> Jack
> On 16 Jun, 2015,at 10:56 PM, Mark Davies <mark at snowtiger.net> wrote:
> Looks like Jack and his band have now scored this:
> http://www.bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=467979
> Good stuff. Maybe he'll give us a mini write-up?
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