| UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
The Gordon Stuart Peek Foundation Memorial Bells
Tower Captain: Rebecca Woodgate
email@example.com Tel: 206-221-3268
Vice Captain: Lizzie Wratten
Part of the UW School of Music
- Ringing times
- Practice times
- How to find us
- Ringing Calendar
|The UW Bells
- Details of our bells (from Dove)
- Ringing records
- Photo album
|What is Change
- History and theory of change ringing
- North American Guild of Change Ringers
- Ringing links
|Want to know more?
- Learning to ring
- Video of the Dedication
(by International Artists Cresendo!)
- Ringing Links
Generally, the bells may be heard on Friday evenings between 8:30 - 9pm. Out of term, the bells may also ring on Monday nights between 8:30 -9pm. Check the calendar.
We also sometimes ring quarter peals on Saturdays or Sundays, usually between 10am and 1pm.
For our regular practices, see calendar.
We also ring for special events. Upcoming events will be listed here and on the calendar.
Red Square is an excellent location from which to hear the bells. Throughout the year, the bells will be rung to celebrate university, state, and national events. To request ringing for an event, please contact the Tower Captain.
Our usual practice times are:
Mondays and Fridays 7-9 pm
Most of that practice is using a simulator system and is not audible outside the tower, but typically on Friday evenings, we ring the bells open from 8:30-9pm.
If you are already a ringer, you are very welcome to ring with us - please contact the tower captain in advance (at both email addresses above). Sometime extra practices can be arranged.
Except in special circumstances, practices are not generally open to non-ringing visitors, but if you are interested in learning to ring, see below.
Gerberding Hall is on the south side of UW's Red Square in the central UW campus, just next to Suzzallo Library.
See here for map.
We meet at the southeast corner of Red Square before practices. Visiting ringers, please note the building is locked, so please contact us before hand so we don't miss you.
Travel to UW: UW is well served by local METRO buses to NE Campus Parkway, the HUB, and Montlake, and the new Link Light Rail from Capitol Hill, Downtown and Sea-Tac. (Google maps is a good way of finding out about transportation options). Click here for walking routes from the bus stops to the tower. If you drive, Pay-parking is available from UW, or on meters on local streets (free after 8pm). For more details about getting to the tower, see here.
|Learning to Ring
Ringing requires about as much coordination as riding a bike, and a similar amount of effort as learning a musical instrument. It is a team activity, producing a musical performance, and a fun and stimulating mental and physical exercise. It is practised worldwide (here's a list of all change ringing towers in the world) by an eclectic group of volunteers of all ages. See, for example, the North American Guild of Change Ringers.
The tradition dates from ~ 1600 in England, where ringing was/is very much part of the culture. (For a popular example, read the murder-mystery The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy Sayers.)
Physical requirements are mostly an ability to climb steep ladders, exert some force with your arms above your head, and some degree of rhythm.
If you are interested in learning to ring, contact us, and we'll explain more. We teach ringing when we have the opportunity. (Teaching is one-to-one and all our teachers are volunteers). UW persons are particularly encouraged.
(If you have contacted us already and not had any reply, it is likely due to a spam filter - please try again!).
(please contact the tower captain for attendance)
All enquiries about the Bells should be addressed to the Tower Captain:
2nd Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about ringing, visit
www.ringing.info for an extensive set of ringing links.
Here are some Seattle related links:
- Lego bell ringing machine - plain hunt on eight
- Tower Bells at the University of Washington by internationalartists
- UW's UWeek (22nd May 2008) about the upcoming dedication
- UW's UWeek ( 8th May 2008) about the UK bell hanger installing the bells, Bob Smith, of Taylors Eayre and Smith
- UW's UWeek (1st May 2008) with slides of the bells being lifted in to the tower
- UW's UWeek (February 2008) announcing the installation