5,088 Spliced Surprise Major (5–7 methods)

Philip G K Davies and Donald F Morrison (no. 76)
23456  M  W  H  5 methods    6 methods    7 methods  
52436     -     CCCC.CYY     CCCC.N(N)C   CCCC.NPP
64235  -     -  CSY.RRRRRR.  NNN.RRRRRR.  NNN.RRRRRR.
26435        -  SRYSS.       SRR.         SRR.
42635        -  (Y)YYYYYY.   (Y)YYCYYY.   YYYYYYY.
56234  -     -  R.BBBBBBB.   R.BBBBBBB.   R.BBBBBBB.
25634        -  YSSSSSS.     NSSSSSS.     NSPPSPP.
65432  -        SSS.RS       (SSS).NSNS   SSS.NSNS
34256  -  -     R.C.CCC      R.(C.CCC)    R.C.CPC    
Repeat twice.

The 5 method arrangement contains 1,344 Superlative, 1,152 Yorkshire, 960 each Cambridge and Rutland and 672 Bristol, with 54 changes of method.
For all the work substitute S for (Y) in one part; contains 1,376 Superlative, 1,120 Yorkshire, 960 each Cambridge and Rutland and 672 Bristol, with 54 changes of method and all the work of every method for every bell.

The 6 method arrangement contains 1,152 Superlative, 960 each Cambridge and Rutland, 768 Lincolnshire (N), 672 Bristol and 576 Yorkshire, with 57 changes of method.
For all the work make all of the the following substitutions in one part: ring Y for (N); S for (Y); NYC for (SSS); and Y.CCN for (C.CCC); contains 1,088 Superlative, 960 Rutland, 928 Cambridge, 800 Lincolnshire (N), 672 Bristol and 640 Yorkshire, with 64 or 65 changes of method and all the work of every method for every bell; the exact number of changes of method depends upon in which part the substitutions are made.

The 7 method arrangement contains 960 Rutland, 768 Superlative and 672 each Bristol, Cambridge, Lincolnshire (N), Pudsey and Yorkshire, with 69 changes of method.

Especially suitable for handbells.

Parts from the different arrangements should not be mixed.


Five method arrangement rung on handbells at Wilmslow on 30 March 2004, conducted by Peter C Randall.
Six method arrangement rung on handbells at Wilmslow on 6 July 2004, conducted by Peter C Randall.
Six method arrangement rung on tower bells at Perry Barr on 30 June 2013, conducted by Simon J L Linford.
Seven method arrangement rung on handbells at Wilmslow on 19 October 2004, conducted by Peter C Randall.
Seven method arrangement rung on tower bells at Whickham on 23 June 2009, conducted by Stephen A Croxall.