Made famous as ‘the Bells of Old Bailey’ (which is across the road) in the nursery rhyme, ‘Oranges and Lemons’, Holy Sepulchre’s 150-foot-high bell tower, containing a ring of 12 bells, is one of the most significant in the country.
The bells will be rung by The Ancient Society of College Youths, in their first ever Bell Change Ringing Concert.
You can watch a live view broadcast in the main church of the bell ringing room and the bells themselves during the event!
During the event you will learn more about the Ancient Society of College Youths and the tradition of bell ringing, including its early history.
A drinks reception will follow the event.
Assistance with the raising of funds and voluntary labour for the restoration was provided by the Ancient Society of College Youths, a premier change ringing society in the City of London, which now calls Holy Sepulchre one of its home towers. Founded in 1637, the Society has a national and international membership that promotes excellence in ringing around the world.
18:30 – Welcome from the Church – Revd Nick Mottershead
18:35 – Welcome from the ASCY, Background to the ASCY, and What is bell ringing?
18:45 – Ringing a single bell.
18:50 – What is method ringing?
19:00 – Plain Hunt on 7
19:05 – The early history of bell ringing, Early bell ringing at Holy Sepulchre, and The disputed first ever peal in 1690
19:15 – Plain Bob Triples
19:20 – Developments in bell ringing in the 18th century, “Falseness” and the first ever peal of Treble Bob Royal in 1741
19:30 – Oxford Treble Bob Royal
19:40 – Interval
20:00 – Belfry reform and the Oxford Movement in the 19th century and Pre-WW1 ringing
20:10 – Stedman Caters
20:20 – The interwar years, The silence of the bells and the rehanging and augmentation to 12 bells in 1984
20:30 – Bristol Surprise Maximus
20:40 – Recent developments in bell ringing and Holy Sepulchre as the home of cyclic compositions.
20:50 – 284 3-Spliced Maximus
21:00 – Conclusion and thanks
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