Monday 14 December 2009 10.06pm
It is not possible to 'play' CHristmas carols on traditional rings of bells; the bells are tuned in a descending scale. St George the Martyr
does, however, have (or did ten years ago anyway - I say this because they have recently carried out extensive work to the church and tower) 'chimes' with which it would be possible to 'play' some carols.
As for four hours of repetitious changes, if they were ringing for four hours, it would most likely be a 'peal', in which case there would be no repetition whatsoever, each stroke of the bells would be different. In fact, a peal contains 5040 changes.
St George has a lovely ring of bells but the bells there used to be rarely rung as they relied on ringers from Waterloo's St John church. The ringing room is adorned with plaques commemorating peals rang there well over 110 years ago (and probably older).