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Wedding Bells (The Sound of Church Bells Ringing for Weddings & Celebrations)

by Church Bell Ringers

A collection of recordings of English Church bells ringing for weddings, celebrations and joyous occasions.
Genre: Spiritual: Praise & Worship
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wedding Bells Ringing Rounds On Eight Church Bells
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2. Wedding Bells Ringing Rounds On Six Church Bells
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3. Eight Church Bells Ringing Grandsire Triples for a Wedding
8:02 $0.99
4. Six Church Bells Ringing in Celebration Plain Bob Minor
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5. The Sound of Six Church Bells Ringing Single Oxford Minor Joyously
2:02 $0.99
6. Six Church Bells Ringing Dragon Place Doubles
7:02 $0.99
7. Village Church Bells Ringing Grandsire Doubles Joyously for a Marriage
8:02 $0.99
8. Country Church Bells Ringing St Simon's Doubles
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9. Grandsire Doubles Recording of Five Church Bells Ringing
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10. The Sound of Five Church Bells Ringing Winchendon Place Doubles
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Album Notes
This album is a collection of recordings of traditional English bell ringing, performed on historic bells found in small, rural Churches from the heart of England. The ringing is of a joyous and pleasant nature and is ideally suited for weddings, Church services, gatherings and celebrations.

Change ringing is a traditional art which became widespread in England during the 17th century and many of the methods (or patterns of ringing) performed in these recordings are centuries old.

Whether listeners are looking for an album of authentic Church bell sounds to play as they leave a wedding ceremony, to broadcast prior to a Church service, use as a sound effect or just to enjoy listening to this evocative sound of the English countryside, the variety of recordings on this album should cover most occasions.

‘Wedding Bells’ contains 10 tracks – which are performed on rings of 5, 6 or 8 bells. From simple ‘rounds’ (or descending scales) to more complex methods, these represent typical bellringing that is heard regularly in village Churches throughout the UK.

The Churches where the bells were recorded for this collection are as follows:

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ashley, Northamptonshire. This tower has 5 bells, with the third and oldest bell cast in 1595. Three other bells were made in 1796 and the newest is from 1848. The tenor (the bell with the lowest note which is usually the largest in the tower) weighs 7cwt and the bells are tuned to the key of A major. The method recorded here is called Winchendon Place Doubles – it is rung on all five bells, a style of ringing which is known as ‘doubles ringing’, meaning that two pairs of bells will swap positions in every change (or row) of ringing.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Bledlow, Buckinghamshire. This Church now has 8 bells, tuned to the key of F major with the tenor weighing 12.5cwt. The original four bells were cast in 1683, a tenor was more recently added in 1842, then these five bells were augmented to become a ring of 8 with three modern bells added in 1983. The Bledlow bells can be heard on two tracks on this album – the ‘rounds on eight bells’ and a performance of Grandsire Triples. A triples method is bellringers’ way of describing change ringing on 7 bells, usually rung with a tenor bell ringing at the end of each change and providing a steady, rhythmic beat. The word ‘triples’ refers to the fact that in each change (or row), three bells of bells will swap position.

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Courteenhall, Northamptonshire. This stunning but slightly remote country Church is part of the Courteenhall estate. It houses a complete ring of 5 bells tuned to the key of F# major, all of which were cast in 1683 by Henry Bagley with the tenor weighing 12cwt. Like the recording made at Charwelton, the ringers can be heard performing Grandsire Doubles.

Church of All Saints, Marsworth, Buckinghamshire. The 6 bells here are in the cheerful key of G major, with the oldest bell (the second) cast in 1662, the tenor recast in 1887 and a new treble added in 1994. The tenor weighs 11cwt and they can be heard twice on the album, once ringing Dragon Place Doubles (with a tenor providing a steady beat behind the five working (or changing) bells) and Plain Bob minor (with all six bells 'working').

Church of Holy Cross, Sarratt, Hertfordshire. The 5 bells at Sarratt are tuned to the key of B major. They are relatively light, with the tenor weighs only 5cwt. The oldest was cast in 1606 and two new bells were added to complete the ring to 5 in 1959. The method rung here is called St Simon’s Bob Doubles which has some similarities to St. Martin’s (rung at Grafton Regis), but as the bells are dodging (making alternate places) at the front, it has a very musical and celebratory feel.

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wavendon, Buckinghamshire. The 6 bells at Wavendon are modern – they were cast by the famous Whitechapel bell foundry and date from 1952. They are tuned to the key of Ab major, with the tenor weighing 9cwt. Wavendon bells appear twice on the album, ringing rounds (descending scales) and Grandsire Doubles with a tenor bell ringing behind to provide a steady beat.

Church of St Mary, Woughton on the Green, Buckinghamshire. This Church has 6 bells, tuned to the key of Ab major and the tenor weighs 7cwt. The oldest bell in the tower was cast in 1701 and the newest 2 bells were added in 1926. The ringers on this recording can be heard performing Single Oxford Bob Minor, a method where all six bells are ‘working’ or involved in the change ringing, rather than the tenor ringing behind the other five. Bellringers refer to a method rung on 6 bells like this as ‘minor’ method ringing.



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