There is a strong team of ringers at All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames, most of whom, have been ringing for many years. They enjoy regular practices as well as ringing twice on Sundays for services, and take part in local striking competitions, having held all possible trophies at the same time in the past. Tower Captain Paul Flavell is also the Chairman of the Central Council Composition Committee and worked with Howard Skempton to explain the complexities of ringing to ensure that the piece he produced would be capable of being rung by most ringers. The Kingston ringers are delighted to be able to undertake the task of performing Five Rings Triples to ring in the New Year 2012 at midnight and are looking forward to performing it again at suitable times during 2012, such as when the Olympic torch passes through Kingston and when the cyclists pass the church in the cycle races.
Kingston Bell Ringers
This piece for church bells, commissioned by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and Third Ear, marks the Olympic year’s beginning. Skempton believes that bells proclaim moments of public gathering, celebration and important news, providing an ideal medium for the launch of New Music 20x12.
This project has been produced by Third Ear.
This is the first of 20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.
Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.
Special thanks to RVW Trust for making this New Music 20x12 commission possible.
Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation
The performance of Five Rings Triples by the Kingston Bell Ringers was recorded by the BBC at All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames, and broadcast on Radio 3 on 31 December 2011.