Romsey Abbey Bell Ringers will be joining many other people across the UK at 08:12 on Friday 27th July to mark the first day of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games as the Olympic Torch begins its final journey from Hampton Court Palace to the Olympic Stadium. Everyone across the country is invited to take part in ‘Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes’ by Turner Prize-winning artist and musician Martin Creed. It is a London 2012 Festival commission and will be performed by you. Anyone can take part by ringing any bell whatsoever – e.g. bicycle bell or door bell, as loudly and quickly as possible for three minutes starting at 8:12am!
At 7.30pm in the evening, before the start of the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the Abbey ringers will perform a special piece of music composed by musician Howard Skempton and commissioned by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers as part of New Music 20×12. The method is called Five Rings Triples and the feature that gives it its name, and links it to the Olympic emblem. The method consists of 396 changes in total and takes around 17 minutes to complete on the Abbey’s bells.