Bellringing at the Bell Tower, Perth

We are the Bell Tower Ringers, the house band at the Bell Tower in Perth, Western Australia.
Returning ringers and beginners are welcome!

The Bell Tower Ringers

We are the band that rings the bells at the Bell Tower. The bells are one of only three peals of sixteen change-ringing bells in the world. This makes the Bell Tower a highly desirable destination for visiting ringers, especially from overseas. The Bell Tower is also one of the very few places where visitors may walk around and observe the bells while they are ringing, as well as the ringers below. 

Our members range in age from teenagers to people in their eighties, and are from all walks of life.

The society is an independent incorporated body under the leadership of an elected tower captain and committee.

Our current tower captain is Michael Collinson, who learnt to ring at the Bell Tower. Please contact Mike with any queries about the society and ringing with us at the Bell Tower.

Listen to the 16 bells being rung together:

Strap yourselves in – peal attempt on 16 bells!

There is a big weekend coming up at the Bell Tower. A band will attempt to ring a peal of Yorkshire Surprise 16. If they are successful, this will be the FIRST peal on 16 bells by an ANZAB band (Australia and New Zealand Association of Bellringers) and will include four local Perth ringers. This is a BIG DEAL. It’s not quite the equivalent of climbing Everest, but it’s close…
Here’s the timetable:
Sunday 14 July – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Peal Attempt (practice in the am, possible attempt in pm)
Monday 15 July – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Peal Attempt (if not successful on Sunday)
This will take mental and physical fortitude – four hours of ringing. Cheer them on!
 

Further peal attempts

If you can’t make it to the Bell Tower at these times and are keen to hear some our region’s top ringers in action, there will be further peal attempts as follows:

St Hilda’s, Mosman Park, Saturday 13th at 2pm (8 bells)

Christ Church, Claremont, Tuesday 16th at 10am (6 bells)

Christ’s Church, Mandurah, Tuesday 16th at 6pm (8 bells)

St George’s Cathedral, Perth, Wednesday 17th at 5pm (8 bells)

Learning to ring bells at the Bell Tower

Ringing times

We ring the bells in full-circle change ringing at the following times:

Thursdays
12.00 – 13.00 (General ringing)

Sundays
10.30 – 11.30 (Handling and simulator training)
12.00 – 13.00 (General ringing)

Please contact the tower captain for confirmation and more information, if you are not already on our email list.

There is ringing on other civic days and holidays by arrangement. Please see our calendar for more information.

Please see the Bell Tower website for opening times when it is possible to see the Swan Bells, many other exhibits and the ringing chamber.

Education and training

There is an ongoing education and training program in conjunction with the WA branch of ANZAB. Please see the calendar for forthcoming events. We welcome all who want to improve their ringing. For more information, or to suggest a topic for future training, please contact Mike or Julie.  

Visiting ringers

Visiting ringers from other towers are always warmly welcomed at ringing times, regardless of their proficiency. Please send us an email in advance so that we can confirm ringing is taking place, look out for you, and ensure that reception staff do not request the admission fee! Our much sought-after souvenir ringing shirts are available for $40 each.

Please let us know if you are interested in ringing a quarter peal.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Bell Tower!

Acknowledgements

Thank you to the following ringers, parents and friends who contributed to this website:
  • David Nicolson, photographer
  • Tony Murray-Feist
  • Irene Mackenzie
  • Heather Patman
  • Richard Offen

Acknowledgement of Country

The Bell Tower Ringers acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we ring, and their continuing connection to the land and river. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.