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Whether you're an experienced ringer, or have no idea what bell ringing is, all are very welcome to visit the tower at Trinity Wall Street!

What is change ringing?

Change ringing, or simply "bell ringing", provides about 40,000 people in at least 10 different countries with a pastime that includes an intellectual and physical challenge, a strong social component, and an opportunity for lifetime learning. Change ringing has aspects that are mechanical, rhythmical, musical and mathematical, and above all it involves teamwork. Change ringing is an art form with a history that dates back more than 400 years.

There are over 5,000 towers across the world that contain change ringing bells. The majority of these are in the United Kingdom, where change ringing originally developed. There are around 40 installations of change ringing bells in towers across the United States, and another 7 in Canada.

Most change ringing installations comprise 6 or 8 bells, though at larger churches and cathedrals there can frequently be 10 or 12 bells. At Trinity we are lucky enough to have 12 bells: the only place in the United States to do so!

The websites and articles listed below provide some background on change ringing, and further information on the Trinity Ringers.

  • Read an article about change ringing at Trinity Wall Street that was published in the New York Times in September 2009
  • Read this article, written by one of the Trinity Ringers
  • The Trinity Ringers are part of the North American Guild of Change Ringers. Visit the NAGCR website
  • The NAGCR is affiliated with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Visit the CCCBR website
  • Visit the bells page of the Trinity Wall Street church website

If you would like to visit to see and hear the bells and watch how we ring them, just learn more about change ringing, or even take a lesson in how to ring, then please feel free to join us at one of our regular weekly ringing events. It's free, but please use the "Contact Us" link above to let us know you're coming. Want to read more? Then visit our FAQ!

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Change Ringing at Trinity!

Visiting our Regular Ringing Events

Sunday Service Ringing: 9:45am - 11:15am, and 12:20pm - 1:30pm

On Sundays access the tower via the main entrance to Trinity at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street. The door that leads up to the ringing room is on the left hand side as you walk in, between two sets of double glass doors that lead into the main body of the church.

If the tower door is locked, please find one of the Trinity security guards, let them know you are a bell ringer, and ask them to unlock the door for you.

Please be quiet on the stairs as the choir may be singing in the gallery, and/or a sound engineer may be working in a booth next to the steps.

Wednesday Practice: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The main Broadway entrance to Trinity is usually locked by 7:00pm. Instead go to the "Dungeon Door" entrance, which is on Trinity Place. This entrance is a small black metal door built into the high church wall, almost beneath the pedestrian footbridge that crosses Trinity Place. Meet at the dungeon door at 6:50pm. If you arrive after 7:00pm, phone the ringing room: +1(646) 216-6548.

If you arrive early on a Wednesday, you can wait in the Trinity Parish Center until 6:50pm. The Parish Center is located on the northwest corner of Trinity Place and Rector Street. The address is 2 Rector Street, but note that the entrance is on Trinity Place.

News

February 19, 2017 The American Guild of Organists (AGO) holds a regional conference annually in New York City on this weekend, and this year the new organ installation at St. Paul's Chapel featured prominently in the event. A tour of the Trinity bell tower and a presentation in the ringing room of the art of changing-ringing was offered as one of the events of this year's conference. About 30 organists made the climb up the steps (including one individual who was blind). Over the course of an hour and a half, our guests heard something of how change-ringing works and what differentiates it from other types of ringing, followed by a demonstration of Plain Hunt on 4. Jeremy and Tony offered those who were interested (and many were!) a few backstroke pulls, while Charlotte and David mingled with the guests, answering their many questions - and they were all good questions! It was a great public relations event for the tower and for change-ringing, and the audience was very enthusiastic.
Feb 14, 2018 Reminder that there is no practice on Wed Feb 14th due to Ash Wednesday.
January 21, 2017 Today's pre-service ringing saw the debut appearance of our new light ("heather") grey-colored uniform polo shirts for the Sunday webcast. We had a good turnout of ringers, with Erin Caters as the service touch. We're pleased with the new look, and with the choices that were made in the redesign.
January 7, 2018 The first Sunday of the New Year - Epiphany Sunday at Trinity - saw some good 12-bell ringing, with 18 ringers present for the occasion. Dividing the bells front and back into two groups of six, each simultaneously ringing Plaint Hunt on 5, allowed ringers at various levels to participate. Erin and Stedman Cinques were also rung for the occasion. Ringing continued into the afternoon, concluding with a quarter peal of Stedman Cinques.
Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 A month that began rather auspiciously ended somewhat quietly, with so many of our ringers being away for the Christmas holidays that we had to cancel ringing, a great disappointment, as we strive to maintain a sense of service to Trinity Church as paramount to our activities. But many of us provided supply ringers to towers in the communities we were visiting, many of which were experiencing the same problem of their local bands being diminished by Christmas travel plans. The bells were also silent on New Years Eve this year – but we look forward to pulling the ropes again as 2018 begins, and we wish all of our members and friends a Happy New Year.
December 9, 2017 The ‘Trinity Shield’ 8-Bell Striking Competition, the first of what we hope will become an annual event, took place today. Five teams participated, one from Boston, two from New York, one from Washington DC and one from the Kent School. Dave Bassford served as the judge. The test piece was 154 changes of Plain Bob Triples, rung by each team in an order determined by a draw, after a period of general ringing followed by socializing and refreshments in the Manning Room. When the day’s ringing had concluded, everyone made their way to Trinity Place bar and restaurant. Towards the end of a fine dinner, Dave addressed the group with constructive, insightful critiques of each team’s ringing, concluding with the announcement of the results in reverse order, with Washington DC being named as the winner. The event concluded on Sunday, with 12-bell ringing for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 liturgies. Thanks to Stuart and Kira for organizing this, and to all who participated and helped make it a success.
November 11, 2017 Seven ringers from Trinity went down to New Castle, Delaware, to participate in a regional event held at Immanuel Episcopal Church. The church has a light six by Taylor's, which handle nicely and are pleasant sounding both in the ringing room and on the historic town green where the church is situated. A quarter peal of mixed doubles was rung by the Trinity group, followed by an afternoon of general ringing. Visits to local pubs and coffee shops punctuated the afternoon and an enjoyable dinner event hosted by the church and catered by NAG lasted well into the evening. Many thanks to Tim for driving and providing transportation for the group.
November 5, 2017 The Feast of All Saints (translated from November 1 to the next nearest Sunday, i.e.today) was marked with lively ringing for both of Trinity's liturgies today. With about 20 ringers, including several visitors from other regional towers, a great variety of ringing was to be heard, from call changes to Stedman Cinques. Following the service ringing, a peal of Stedman Cinques was rung, part of a birthday celebration for John Hitchings. Andrew Mills was here for annual bell maintenance, and was in the peal band. Also good to see Duncan back with us for the peal. Happy All Saints Day to everyone, and Happy Birthday John -- and Tina, also in the peal band, whose birthday was just a few days ago.
October 22, 2017 With only 7 ringers for post-service ringing today, we became a little innovative. We rang a quarter-peal of Plain Bob Doubles on the front 8. Well, minus the number 2. The treble rang continuously after the tenor for each row and the number 3 served as the treble to the method. Following the treble's (i.e. the no. 1 bell's) handstroke when leading took some getting used to. The sound was slightly unusual, and rather amazing.
October 15, 2017 Our inaugural run at post-service ringing for the 9:00 Sunday service at Trinity went well, with 8 ringers on the back bells. Trinity has asked us to ring at this time on a regular basis, and we're glad for this opportunity for more open ringing. This was also the weekend for a 12-bell ringing event, with ringers from Boston and Washington joining us. It was a productive and enjoyable weekend with lots of good practice and extended ringing on all 12, and a pleasant dinner on an outdoor terrace overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, now bustling with ferries from Brooklyn and Queens.
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