Ring your bells!


We Need You… to ring and record Scotland’s Church Bells! 

Scottish Composer Martin Suckling is creating a ringing soundscape as part of his new commission for the SCO to mark the centenary of the Armistice. Can you send in bell sounds from your local church?

Martin Suckling is on a mission to collect as many sound samples of bells from across Scotland as possible. These will be transformed into a new piece of music called “Meditation” to be premiered by the Orchestra, marking the centenary of Armistice in November 2018. The bell samples will form a live electronic tapestry of sound to surround the audience.

Together with Martin, we plan a series of workshops with schools and community groups, enabling musicians of all ages and ability to work with the bell samples and to create their own musical responses to the legacy of war and the feelings of commemoration, love and loss Armistice brings.

Those who participate in gathering the bell sounds can be listed as contributors. Many local groups including bell ringers, scouts, guides, rotary clubs, community groups, and school pupils have already indicated they are keen to get involved.

“We are looking for all sorts of people from right across the mainland, Highlands and Islands to submit their recordings of their local church bell. Each bell sounds different depending on how it is made, where it is situated and how they are played, and I want to capture as many of the unique sounds as physically possible to make this a truly national project. It’s really easy – all you need to is be near your local bells when they are ringing, and record the sound on your mobile phone,” explains Martin Suckling.

Single bells or peals are equally welcome. You can record your bell sounds on an audio recorder or a mobile phone. Full details of how to get involved and how to submit your recordings are available on http://www.armisticebells.com.

This project is kindly supported by the University of York and the Leverhulme Trust.