Gerberding Tower
 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
CHANGE RINGING
The Gordon Stuart Peek Foundation Memorial Bells

CONTACTS:
Tower Captain: Rebecca Woodgate
woodgate@apl.washington.edu  Tel: 206-221-3268
or rebeccawoodgate@yahoo.com

Vice Captain: Lizzie Wratten
wratten.lizzie@gmail.com


Part of the UW School of Music
Red Square in snow
Ringing Events
- 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 Ringing?
- 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
      In early summer 2008, the first set of change ringing bells on the west coast of the USA were installed on the University of Washington's Seattle campus. The installation is a gift of the Gordon Stuart Peek Foundation. The set of 8 bells, cast by Royal Eisjbouts Bell Foundry in the Netherlands, tenor weight  6 cwt, tenor note B, are hung for full-circle "change" ringing in the tower of Gerberding Hall, on the UW's Red Square.  Change ringing - in which a trained team of ringers (the "band") ring the bells in continuously varying patterns (not tunes) - originated in the UK in the 17th century.  There are now over 5000 ringing towers in the UK, but only about 40 in the USA (and 8 in Canada), with our nearest ringing neighbours being Vancouver and Victoria in Canada, and Chicago and Abilene (TX) in the USA. 
      The UW bells will be rung (see here for dates and times) to celebrate university, state and national events by a band of volunteer ringers from the UW and the Seattle area.  Ringers who are visiting (or have moved to) Seattle are always welcome.  If you are ringer, but want to learn to ring, read on and contact us.  

RINGING EVENTS
Ringing Times
 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.
Practice Times
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.
Finding us
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.

WANT TO KNOW MORE OR TO LEARN TO RING?
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!).
Contacts
(please contact the tower captain for attendance)
All enquiries about the Bells should be addressed to the Tower Captain:
    Rebecca Woodgate
    Email: woodgate@apl.washington.edu
    2nd Email:  rebeccawoodgate@yahoo.com
    Tel: 206-221-3268

Ringing Links
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