Cathedral Bells and Change Ringing

                              

Miami's Trinity Cathedral  commissioned a ring of eight bells from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry of England, following construction of a tower adjacent to the  narthex. The Patterson Memorial Bells were installed and dedicated on December 4, 1984. The largest bell weighs 2007 pounds (1700 ct), and the smallest weighs 558 pounds (303 ct).

The Miami Guild of Change Ringers is responsible for the ringing and upkeep of the bells and is the local chapter for the North American Guild of Change Ringers. Its members are dedicated to the practice and teaching of the art of Change Ringing. The local guild consists of members and friends of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and is always looking for novice and experienced ringers to join our ranks.

The following is a description of what Change Ringing is from the North American Guild of Change Ringers website:

"Bell ringing celebrates the joy of weddings and victories, intones the sadness of deaths and funerals, and summons people to church."

"The bells of the towers listed in these pages produce no recognizable tunes. Yet they are rung in sequences as disciplined and orderly as the stones and timbers of the towers themselves. These bells, rung in an ancient yet very modern way, produce a rich cascade of sound. This is change ringing.

Change ringing requires special bells, special "music", and ordinary people who enjoy climbing towers, working as a team, and performing "The Exercise." The human ingredient is critical because change ringing is very different from playing a carillon or chime. It is not a single person sitting at a keyboard. There are no computers or electronic devices. Change ringing depends on real bells, each swung in a complete circle by a single person: six bells - six people, eight bells - eight people, usually standing in a circle."

 

Visitors and Meeting Times

Visitors are always welcome during ringing. We are looking for other persons interested to learn the ancient art of church bell ringing. Please call or email one of us before visiting.  See https://miamibells.wordpress.com/contact/ for current ringing times and contact information.

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