The Beauty of Bells: Church Bells, Handbells, Carillons from England & Scotland | Saydisc CDSDL448

The Beauty of Bells: Church Bells, Handbells, Carillons from England & Scotland


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Cat No: CDSDL448

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 7th September 2018


Tune playing on handbells has been practised in England for many hundreds of years, originally on small sets of about twelve bells intended primarily for change ringing. Later, much larger sets of at least five octaves were used to thrill Victorian audiences with selections from operetta, oratorio and the popular music of the day. The art of playing music on large sets of bells is now little known although, in its heyday, handbell ringing was as popular as brass band playing and in some parts of the North of England almost every village could boast a team.

Ringing bells by rope and wheel is an Art and Science almost exclusive to the British Isles. The majority of the remaining towers with bells hung in 'English fashion' are to be found in Australia and the USA.

We cannot boast of creating the tradition of playing orthodox music on large bells. This is essentially the domain of the Low Countries of Belgium, Holland and Northern France where it flourished and reached its peak in the latter half of the 17th century. The centre of the art was at Malines in Belgium where today the Royal Carillon School founded by Chevalier Jef Denyn is located. The art of bell-founding diminished in the 18th and 19th centuries and it was not until the advent, in England, of the perfectly tuned bell that the interest in Carillons was revived.

1. On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn)
- Sound In Brass Handbells
2. Grandfather's Clock (Henry Clay)
- Grosmont Handbell Ringers
3. Lord of the Dance (trad.)
- The Launton Handbell Ringers
4. St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol (Erin Caters)
5. Cuckoo Rondo (Daquin)
- The Bournville Carillon played by Trevor Workman
6. 'Westminster' and 'Cambridge' Clock Chimes and Cuckoo Clock
7. The Parade of the Tin Soldiers (Jessel)
- Sound In Brass Handbells
8. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London (Yorkshire Surprise Maximus)
9. Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams)
- The Launton Handbell Ringers
10. Country Gardens (trad.)
- Grosmont Handbell Ringers
11. St. Leonard, Bledington, Gloucestershire (Cambridge Surprise Minor)
12. Little Bob Twenty-In
- The Change Ringing Handbell Group
13. Estudio 5 for Guitar (Fernando Sor)
- Carillon of St Johnís Church, Perth, played by Raymond Aldington
14. Whistling Rufus (Kerry Mills)
- Sound In Brass Handbells
15. Lullaby (Brahms)
- The Launton Handbell Ringers
16. The Bells of St. Mary's (trad.)
- Grosmont Handbell Ringers
17. Westminster Abbey (Stedman Caters)
18. Tambourin (Rameau)
- Carillon of St Nicholasí Church, Aberdeen, played by Ronald Leith
19. St Clement Danes Church, Strand, London (London Surprise Royal)
20. Sandgate Dandling (St Marnockís Carillon, Kilmarnock)
- Ray Aldington
21. St. John the Baptist, Burford, Oxon (Double Norwich Court Bob Major)
22. Entracte from Mignon (Thomas)
- Loughborough Carillon, Peter Stratfold
23. St David, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire (Kent Treble Bob Major)
24. Oranges and Lemons - (St Clement Danes Church, Strand, London)
25. St Paul's Cathedral, London (Stedman Cinques)

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