Cascading chimes

Change bell ringing, rhythmic peals in complex patterns, are historically played on big tower bells, but Arkansas church follows the practice with crisp hand-bell playing

Posted: February 18, 2017 at 2:35 a.m.

Jim Norys practices change bell ringing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. A small hand bell choir performs the centuries-old style of ringing before worship services each Wednesday.

A small choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville has been practicing the centuries-old art of change bell ringing for years, but not on the usual massive tower bells found in cathedrals.

Jonathan Heintz (from left), Mary Miller, Charles Rigsby and Jim Norys, members of the English change bell group at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fay...

Mary Miller (left) and Charles Rigsby practice change bell ringing, which differs from traditional melody-based music. The practice is most common in ...

Members of the English change ringing handbell choir at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville (from left) Jim Norys, Jonathan Heintz, Mary Mille...

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