Listen to church bells on BBC Radio Sheffield via the link below. (1:39:15)
In 2014, church bells took centre stage in the Tour de France Opening Ceremony and all along the race route. We now have the chance to do it all again in 2015.
The 2015 Yorkshire Festival runs from 1 April to 3 May, concluding with the Tour de Yorkshire pro-cycling race from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May.
Click above to listen to Rod Ismay talking to Paul Walker, live on the BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show. Rod’s interview starts at 1:39:15, including a recording of Yorkshire Surprise Major. Rod’s interview is preceded by the Yorkshire Festival Director, Mark Fielding, discussing the broader festival from 1:37:50
Yorkshire bellringers who participated in the 2014 Tour de France and the 2014 Yorkshire Festival had a great time. Bells captured the imagination of the public and the media.
Now we can do it again! The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire pro cycle race takes place from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May 2015. We have over 40 churches with bells on the race route.
We have also been accepted in the 2015 Yorkshire Festival as an event inviting people to come along and find out more about bellringing at our practice nights.
Whether you are a bellringer reading this, or a non ringer who is interested by what is going on, please click the link below to find out more. This could be exciting …..
As the venues for the Grand Departs of the Tour de France change, so does the style of the bells.
Here’s a clip for a tower near to the start of each of the last two and next two Tours.
2013 Corsica, France
St Jean Baptiste Cathedral, Bastia
2014 Leeds, UK
Leeds Minster – nice mp3 clip of their bells (ok on computer may not appear on phone)
2015 Utrecht, Netherlands
A carillon where one person can play dozens of bells from a keyboard a little like a church organ.
2016 La Manche, France
The bells of Mont St Michel.
St Martin’s Coney Street rang out for the start of Stage 2 of Le Tour de France 2014. Watch and listen via the rooftop clip below.
The bells were played by hammers as the ringers watched the cyclists pass by. The crowds looked up at us and the TV helicopters looked down on us.
The church hosted an Open Day all day – loads of people came along to have a go at bellringing, to enjoy the wonderful refreshments and quite simply for another really welcoming part of a great day.
“Venez ici si vous voulez essayez le bellringing. Join us to ring for Le Tour de France at le Yorkshire Festival @YFest2014 #bepartofit maintenant. Allez allez allez”
Delighted to discuss bellringing for Le Tour and for its Opening Ceremony on BBC Radio Leeds, the Liz Green Breakfast Show, on Thursday 26 June.
Rod’s interview starts at 1:43:40 on the link below and lasts 4 minutes.
It includes a recording of ringing from Penistone St Johns and live handbells from the studio. Thank you to BBC Radio Leeds 🙂