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Philadelphia Chapter Event


Bell Ringers of St. Mark’s

Sunday, April 28, 2019
11:45 AM - 1:00PM
Location: Bell tower of St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Contact: Jean Brubaker

St. Mark’s tower has a complete “ring” of eight bells which are rung to changes in the traditional English manner, one of only two bell towers in Philadelphia that are equipped for English change-ringing.  And here is your once-in-a lifetime opportunity to get a close-up view of the bell ringing, from inside the bell tower – complete with demonstration and a chance to ring a bell yourself!

Ringing is a team effort and is as much, or more, a mental exercise as it is physical. Because of how well-balanced the bells are, the physical side of ringing comprises more technique and coordination than strength - even with bells weighing as much as a ton - or more. The tenor bell - the heaviest in this set of bells - weighs 2006 pounds.

Change-ringing bells come in a "ring" or set of bells. They are hung in frames that allow them to swing through 360 degrees. About 400 years ago bell ringers in England found out that if one keeps swinging the bell and get it to a position where it is balanced, mouth facing up, one can accurately control the striking of the bell as opposed to being a prisoner of a freely swinging bell.  This ability to ring the bell full circle, catch it at the balance, and then pull it off a little faster or slower to control the striking of the bell led to the next step which was to get a team of people together in a bell tower and ring the bells together, which we will observe during this Sunday service.
Space is limited, so please sign up at your earliest convenience.  Cancellation and refund deadline is Friday, April 19th.  Sign up deadline is 4/26.