image for Music - Classical item typeThe Music of Bells St Mary’s Bellringers at St Mary's Church

Music - Classical, Fri 20 Mar 2020, free entry


Barnes Music Festival


Church Road,
SW13 9HL


Everyone is used to the sound of church bells ringing, but very few non-ringers will understand much of what they hear. This presentation will explain not only why the ‘Music of Bells’ differs from other music and how the music can become more complex as the ability of the ringers increases, but also how the patterns are restricted by the way the actual bells move. ‘Change ringing’, as it is known, was developed in this country in the 17th century when mechanical systems enabled bells to be swung through 360 degrees and, as a result, could be controlled more accurately. The bells will be rung and different types of music demonstrated. Listening to the bells will be a very different experience after this!

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Dates Times
Fri 20 Mar 2020 18:00


Free entry



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