MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014

Bellringing in Towers

Dennis Wilson, Naomi Schurr

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

What we do: Ring tower bells in permutations (n!), like Paul Revere (and a bunch of English people) at Old North Church and Church of the Advent in Boston.  Learn change-ringing, the traditional British style of ringing bells. We follow mathematical patterns instead of sheet music to ring up to 8 large tower bells with each bell controlled by a single rope. 

Change ringing = Combinatorics + Music. Those changes in the order of the bells’ sounding that constitute a method are governed by 4 rules:  (a) no bell may move more than one position at each change/row; (b) each bell sounds once in each row; (c) no row is repeated; and (d) the ringing begins and ends in Rounds.

Curious?  Learn more on our group website, under the "Ring with Us" section:, or just come on out and join us!

Please wear comfortable, warm clothes. No previous musical experience necessary.  IAP is a great time for first-time learners!  We often go out to eat after practice, and you are welcome to join us. The Guild of Bellringers is a secular organization. All are welcome.

Meet at Lobby 7 at the designated times (or let us know if you'll be there a little later, so we can wait for you.) T-fare to the tower is provided.

Sponsor(s): Guild of Bellringers
Contact: Dennis Wilson, (434) 214-0531, DENNISW@MIT.EDU

Ringing at Church of the Advent

Jan/08 Wed 06:30PM-08:30PM Lobby 7
Jan/15 Wed 06:30PM-08:30PM Lobby 7
Jan/22 Wed 06:30PM-08:30PM Lobby 7
Jan/29 Wed 06:30PM-08:30PM Lobby 7

Rehearsal starts at 7pm, so we will meet in Lobby 7 at 6:30 to take the T to the Church of the Advent, which is in Beacon Hill. T fare is provided. Wear warm clothes as we will walk from Charles MGH station to the Church.

John Danaher , Dennis Wilson

Ringing at Old North Church

Jan/12 Sun 02:00PM-04:00PM Old North Church
Jan/18 Sat 11:00AM-01:00PM Old North Church
Jan/26 Sun 02:00PM-04:00PM Old North Church

contact Richard Morse,

Dennis Wilson, Richard Morse