Meet the teams

Ten teams will be competing in Cambridge on Final day. They'll be introducing themselves to you one by one with short profiles. These will be on the Facebook event page first - join us there to stay up to date!

 

The Ancient Society of College Youths

The CYs have an international membership, though the band taking part in the competition all ring at our Tuesday night practices in London. Unlike many ringing groups which are centred on a home tower, the CYs practice at different towers each week: St Mary-le-Bow, St Michael's Cornhill, St Magnus the Martyr, St Giles Cripplegate, St Sepulchre, Southwark and St Paul's Cathedrals. The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths, also headquartered in London, ring at some of these towers, and we have a strong friendly rivalry. We're also up against the St Paul's Cathedral band, though sadly Southwark Cathedral didn't make it through the eliminators. The CYs won the competition three years ago, but we don't underestimate how hard it will be to beat Cambridge on their own bells.

 

Guildford

Having missed out on the final for several years – sometimes very narrowly – Guildford are now looking forward to their second final in three years. Although Guildford as a team might not make a regular appearance in finals, the team members themselves have a lot of experience at this level, with a combined total of 92 appearances in finals between them.
The team are proud of the fact that they are a Sunday service band, and try and use their contest experience to benefit the overall ringing quality for all ringers at Guildford. They also enjoy a really good team spirit and camaraderie – practising hard and working together as a team are probably the main factors in us getting to the final.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the excellent hosting we witnessed at Southwell, but we must admit we are quite relieved that Cambridge are not anticlockwise.

 

Exeter

A team representing Exeter Cathedral first entered the 12 bell competition in 1992 and (with one exception) has taken part every year since.
The bells at Exeter Cathedral are heavy which makes them unlike anywhere else. So when it comes to practising for the competition we have to travel to other towers such as Taunton and South Petherton on a regular basis which is quite a large extra time commitment for the 12 participants. At our practices we ring the stipulated method a few times discussing how to improve at the end of each one. In recent years we have made extensive use of the computer program “Hawkear” to analyse the accuracy of our ringing.
Our best ever result in a final was fourth place in 2015 but having now won an eliminator we have every confidence we can improve on this.
We take the competition and ringing seriously – we have to given the distances involved in traveling to practices – but also enjoy the camaraderie that has developed within the team.

 

Leeds

Leeds are delighted to have qualified for the National 12 Bell final again after a two-year hiatus. Although much less experienced than the majority of the teams competing, Leeds has always worked hard to help develop talented ringers keen to ring on 12, often during their time at university, several of whom now compete for other teams after graduating and relocation. We endeavour to build a strong team spirit whilst enjoying our ringing and relish challenging ourselves, including contributing to the 12-Bell Contest by hosting three eliminators and a final in the last 16 years. The team has an age range of more than 30 years, two of whom are especially pleased to be returning to their past home tower, as they were proud members of the winning Cambridge Youths team the last time the final was held at Great St Mary's in 1987.

 

The Society of Royal Cumberland Youths

Established in 1747, the SRCY has members from the UK and overseas and has its headquarters at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London. The band taking part in the competition all ring at its Wednesday night practices in London and have a vibrant mix of youth and experience, with an age range of some 45 years! Fresh from victory against some of their rivals in the London 12 Bell Competition, the team hope to use this as a springboard to a strong performance on the national stage. Having placed in the top half for the past six years, can they finally break a 21-year duck and chalk up a fourth victory in the competition? The team are certainly under no illusion as to how difficult this will be! Whatever the eventual outcome, the 'sausages' are sure to be well supported and look forward to an excellent day out in Cambridge.

 

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