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National Cathedral School starts class with a different kind of bell

Washington's National Cathedral School is one of only three in the country to offer courses in the ancient art of change ringing, the complex technique of sounding the grand, rhythmic peals of cathedral bells that mark occasions ranging from the end of a Mass to the end of a war.



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Abigail Bartram, left, Annie Spaller and Maya Bhalla-Ladd, all 13, rehearse with Whitechapel Guild instructor Quilla Roth.

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Article | At one end of the 20-foot rope is Tessa Lightfoot, a 13-year-old American teenager topping the scales at 90 pounds. At the other, directly above her head, is a British-made bronze bell weighing more than a quarter of a ton.

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