Church bells are the biggest and loudest musical instruments in the world. They are rung for worship, for state and civic events, to celebrate, to commemorate, to mourn, and simply for the enjoyment of hearing their sound. English changeringing is a performing art with a 400-year-old heritage.
The Cathedral’s bells were cast at Taylor's of Loughborough in 1928 as a Great War memorial under the direction of Dean Moore-Ede. The 16 Cathedral's bells are the fifth heaviest ringing peal in the world and are regarded as one of the finest ringing peals ever cast. The bells are part of the aural landscape of the City of Worcester.
The Cathedral is the only church in the world to have a ring of ten bells in a harmonic minor key. These are rung half-muffled for special days or events: for example, Good Friday, the Armistice, Remembrance Sunday, and New Year’s Eve.
The Worcester Cathedral Guild of Bellringers is one of the largest ringing bands in the UK and is internationally recognised for their work teaching. The Guild comprises 40 members and ten regular visitors who voluntarily give their time, talents, and funds to the Cathedral.
The tower houses the first Teaching Centre for Bellringing in the world in 2008. Using dumbbells linked to computers, the physical experience of ringing bell creates a perfect ringing environment for the pupil.
The bells are rung by the Guild every Sunday morning and on Christmas Day between 09.30 and 10.30. We practise on most Monday evenings between 6:30pm and 9:15pm. We welcome competent visiting ringers subject to safeguarding protocols.
More information about the Worcester Cathedral Guild of Bellringers can be found at their website.
Cathedral bells, Christmas Day 2020
Experience the sight and sounds from the tower of Worcester Cathedral as our bells rang on Christmas Day for the first time since the first lockdown, in this short video: