Composers’ Full Names

Last updated 5th December 2020

These lists were initially compiled from the peal reports published in 1994 and 1995 and contained about 350 composers’ names at that time. Roger updated it in January 2008 by doing a quick trawl through the top 6 societies from which, by the way, has an unpublicised reports page where you can search for (among other things), peals by specific composers. Apparently, Roger also searched Tony Smith’s admirable Index to Compositions in the Ringing World, and at the time Roger died the main list contained 743 names. The lists below had another major update in April 2014 by searching for new names of composers in the Ringing World Index, and the compositions collections maintained by Don Morrison and others. In November 2020 I did another major update by adding 139 names of people whose peal compositions were recorded on Composition Library. At the same time, I corrected several errors that had been in the list for many years.

Prior to November 2020, this page listed 20 composers recorded as having produced quarter peals, with a for information about any peals any of them had composed. However, the existence of Composition Library has clearly encouraged many more people to try their hand at composing with the result that I have now found almost 150 names of people who have composed quarter peals or touches but not (yet) any peals. So, to avoid diluting the focus of this page too much, I have decided not to add any more new names until there is a corresponding peal composition on Composition Library. I have no automatic way of knowing new peal composers so if you or a colleague are one of them, please .

The following 6 composers are recorded as having produced peals but their names have not been fully identified; the reference (Ringing World etc.) is to a representative composition only. Again, please if you know their names more fully.

Composition Composer (incomplete name) Reference
6144 Plain Bob Major P Brickell (Northenden, Cheshire) BN IX/608
5040 Grandsire Triples M T Edwards Peal Board, Kensington, 19 April 1804
5184 Grandsire Caters W H Howard (Vice-President of Yorkshire Association 1882) BN 0/107
5088 Plain Bob Major (False) E A Ridgeway RW 75/0355
5024 Plain Bob Major J W Sedgley (King’s Lynn) BN VIII/323
5088 Kent TB Major D Woods Church Bells ii p.307 (peal at St Stephen’s Westminster)

I believe the following list to be correct, with the caveat that many of the 1,025 names in it are based on Roger’s memories of obsessively reading the Ringing World for almost 50 years. If you spot any errors (especially where there are alternative spellings for Christian names, such as Anthony/Antony) or omissions, please .

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