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Conducting in change ringing is the role of supervising a piece of ringing such as a plain course of a method or a touch. The conductor is nominated by the tower captain or ringing master of a practice, service ringing, or outing; or by the arranger of a quarterpeal or peal. The role only survives a particular piece of ringing, as a different ringer may be asked to conduct each touch at a ringing practice, for example. The conductor also rings a bell (or pair of handbells) for the touch, although rarely a person may conduct from outside the circle. The ringing is controlled by voice commands and unlike an orchestra the conductor does not mark time.
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The conductor's responsibilities are to:-
'''Before ringing starts'''
# Ensure that the composition to be called:
#* will come round
#* is the desired length
#* is true to the method(s) concerned (although an exception is sometimes made for short practice touches)
#* has been learnt correctly
# Advise the band of any unusual features of the composition, such as non-standard calls or start
# Place the band to produce the best ringing, accommodating preferences of individual ringers and their developmental needs
'''While ringing'''
# Encourage a high standard of ringing
# Say "go ''method name''" after the band has settled into a good rhythm in rounds
# Call any bobs, singles, changes of method etc neither too early, nor too late
# Check at frequent intervals that the ringing is correct and bells have not shifted
# Say "that's all" as the touch comes back into rounds
# Say "stand" after the desired number of ending rounds have been rung
# Say "stand", "rounds", or call the touch round early:
#* if there is an emergency, mechanical failure, or risk to the health or safety of the ringers
#* if the touch has been miscalled
#* if two or more bells have shifted
#* if the standard of ringing is deemed by the conductor to be of insufficient quality
# Help members of the band recover from their mistakes and improve their striking
'''After ringing a peal or quarterpeal'''
# Record the duration of ringing from starting changes to "that's all"
# Send details of the performance to the tower secretary / association / Ringing World / Campanophile, as required
# Collect any tower / association / Ringing World donations or rope fees, as required

Revision as of 09:11, 9 November 2009

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