Bell Try-ell

Did you know there are bells in Mitchell Tower, above Reynolds Club?  There are and you can ring them.

If you’re interested in learning how to ring these bells, why not participate in the Mitchell Tower “Bell Try-ell”?  By doing so, you can:

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  • How to ring the bells (it’s difficult, yet satisfying)

Earn

  • a T-shirt
  • a Medici gift card if you come as a group of 3 or more

Turn

  • The University of Chicago into an internationally-recognized change ringing powerhouse

For more info, click here.

or send email to ringers@uchicago.edu.

Also feel free to take a look at UChicagoCreative’s documentary about the University of Chicago change ringers.

 

May 28: Tower Tours and 4th Annual Bell Bash

The University of Chicago Guild of Change Ringers hosts the fourth annual Illinois Bell Bash this Saturday, May 28th, from 10am-6pm.

Public tours of the tower will leave at 1:00 and 3:00 PM from the Reynolds Club Seal. Come and check out the oldest set of bells on campus!

Check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/264479647238720/

Visiting ringers are welcome! Please contact ringers@uchicago.edu directly to let us know you’re coming.

Schedule: Saturday, May 28

10-12 Gathering and general ringing on silenced bells

12-1 Ringing on open (unsilenced) bells

1-2 Tower tours and change ringing demonstration (food available to visitors)

2-3 Ringing on open (unsilenced) bells

3-4 Tower tours and change ringing demonstration (food available to visitors)

4-5 General ringing on silenced bells

5-6 Tea Time

Mitchell Tower, University of Chicago

Thanks to Kim Schafer for her profile of our tower in her Bell Advocate blog!

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If you had to name American universities that are especially pro-bell, the University of Chicago would be near the top of the list. First, it has the stunning Rockefeller carillon which I had the great pleasure of performing on for years. Second, it has a ring of ten bells in nearby Mitchell Tower. (These bell towers are within two blocks of each other. I’m thinking we need to arrange a “dueling bell towers” of sorts.) Only one other American university campus boasts a carillon and ring—The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Tom Farthing, the fearless leader of the intrepid change ringers, showed me around the tower and the English ringing tradition. Change ringing is a method in which a set of bells are rung one at a time, each by a single person, in mathematical permutations, so that the in each iteration each bell is played only once…

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10/31 Open Ringing and Open House

This coming Saturday (October 31st, also known as Halloween), we’ll be having our monthly open house.  There will be open ringing (that is, on un-muted bells) from 12:30-1, but visitors are encouraged to stop by anytime from 10:30 to 1.  There will be food, possibly Halloween-themed.

The bells can be heard within a 1-2 block radius of the tower (57th and University), but Hutchinson Courtyard is a particularly good place to hear them.

If you need help finding the tower, see our directions page.

Tower Tours and Bell Bash May 30!

Bell bash 2013 -2Do you like musical instruments that weigh multiple tons?

Do you want to learn about mathematical algorithms that have been making music for 400 years?

How do you feel about heights?

The University of Chicago Guild of Change Ringers hosts the third annual Illinois Bell Tower Bell Bash this Saturday, May 30th, 2015, from 10am-6pm.

Public tours of the tower will leave at 12:00 and 2:00 PM from the Reynolds Club Seal. Come and check out the oldest set of bells on campus!

Check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444730619023762/

Visiting ringers are welcome! Please contact ringers@uchicago.edu directly to let us know you’re coming.BEll Bash 2013

Schedule: Saturday 5/30/2015

10-11 Gathering and general ringing on silenced bells

11-12 Ringing on open (unsilenced) bells

12-1 Tower tours and change ringing demonstration (+ free food!)

1-2 Ringing on open (unsilenced) bells

2-3 Tower tours and change ringing demonstration (+ free food!)

3-5 General ringing on silenced bells

5-6 Tea time, location TBD

Memorial Bells

The bells of earth go sounding on
From many an ancient steeple,
Telling their tale of joy or woe
To all the waiting people:
Today they mourn a nation’s loss
In muffled tones of sorrow,
But change the merry wedding-bells
In gladsome tones tomorrow.
Today they sing of victory
With banners gaily flying;
Tomorrow, requiems for the dead
On all the winds are sighing.
Their tone is one: but human souls
All thoughts and passions blending,
Can change the music at their will,
To each emotion bending.
And when death’s sad procession moves,
The bells are slowly tolling;
How mournfully upon the ear
Those waves of sound come rolling.
The bells of Earth go sounding on
With note that ever changes,
And over all the chords of life
Their mystic music ranges.

~William Wilson

from Legends o’ The Bells by Ernest Morris (n.d.), London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. , 4.

Proposed House Closings and The Palmer Bells

The University of Chicago recently announced the closing of several off-campus residence halls. Among the houses listed in the recent announcement about closings was Broadview’s Palmer House, named after Alice Freeman PalmerDSCN0307 There’s another structure on campus named in her honor: The Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Chimes at the top of the tower in Reynolds Club. Installed in 1908, the Palmer bells are the oldest of this style bells on a University campus in the United States. cropped-img_5519.jpg

Visitors can stop by the tower this Saturday 4/25 between 10:30-1:00 for a tour. Between 12:30-1:00pm you’ll be able to hear them from the street corner. Email ringers@uchicago.edu for more information.

Northamptonshire Jingles for National Poetry Month

Northamptonshire Jingles

Pancakes and fritters,
Say the bells of St. Peter’s;
Where must we fry ’em?
Say the bells of Cold Higham.
In yonder land furrow
Say the bells of Wellingborough.
You owe me a shilling,
Say the bells of Great Billing.
When will you pay me?
Say the Bells of Middleton Cheney.
When I am able,
Say the bells of Dunstable.
That will never be,
Say the bells of Coventry.
Oh! yes it will,
Says Northampton’s great bell.
White bread and sop,
Say the bells of Kingsthorpe.
Trundle a lantern,
Say the bells of Northampton.