International Waits' Festival 2014
Simon Pickard of the Gloucester Waites, in association with the Gloucester Civic Trust, Folk Museum and Cathedral, is planning the Sixth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers in Gloucester over the "Heritage Days" weekend, 12-14 September 2014. Watch the website's "Festivals" page as plans develop.
Find Waits on Facebook
As well as the links to our groups' websites on the "Member Bands" page, an increasing number are now on Facebook. These links have been added to that page, but for greater convenience they are also listed below.
Blondel , Charlotte Waites , The City Musick , Colchester Waites , De Mowbray's Musick , The Ely Piper , Leeds Waits , Lincoln Waites , Stadspijpers of Den Bosch , Waytes and Measures , York Waits
If any are omitted, please let me know.
Shawm workshop in Cambridge
EEMF is organising a shawm, sackbut and curtal workshop in Cambridge on March 1st, to perform the music of the wind band of King Christian III of Denmark (1541) under the direction of Renate Hildebrand. Renate studied and taught early reeds in Basle, and has since taught in Leipzig and Hamburg, as well as performing internationally.
NEEMF 16th century dance and music workshop in Leeds
On 11 January 2014 North-East Early Music Forum is holding a workshop on court and country dances of the second half of the 16th century in Horsforth, Leeds. Dances will be taught by Ann and Paul Kent and the musicians led by Alan Radford of the Leeds Waits. As before, it is anticipated that the musicians will spend some of the time dancing, to appreciate dance music from the other side.
Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society events
On 24–26 January 2014 DHDS is running a workshop on the dramatic country dances of Thomas Bray (1699) with Barbara Segal in Hoddesdon, Herts. Over the winter it is also filming dances for the DHDS teaching pack (Tudors and Stewarts – the standard Renaissance dance repertoire. This filming will be held on 16 November 2013 and 22 March 2014. Thirdly, the DHDS 2014 Summer School will be held from 27 July to 3 August, with focus on Renaissance dance and music and the plays of Shakespeare, with parallel courses for musicians and dancers.
Eel Day 2014
Tony Pearson the Piper of Ely is organising a major early music presence for Eel Day next year, on Saturday May 3rd, in the historic city of Ely. It starts with a procession, continues with the opportunity to play in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, and ends with a feast. Participants are offered free admission to various heritage sites and tourist attractions in the city. For details, see Tony's linked item on the IGTP Facebook page. If your group is interested in participating, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
York Mystery Plays 2014
The Guilds of York will again bring forth the traditional wagon-based performance of the Mystery Plays in 2014, and waits are invited once again to participate. The dates are now confirmed as July 13th and 20th. Could any bands wishing to play on either or both dates please let me know? Seven have already expressed an interest. As those who have done a circuit or two in the past will be aware, it's hard work but great fun, and at the end of the day it's what waits do!
Performance listings and news items
The Events page is now available for listing public events by member bands up to the end of May 2014, including a list of Christmas performances of course, the season when waits are at their busiest. Email details to email@example.com. to make sure they are publicised by the IGTP. It is after all one of the benefits of membership. The Latest News section is also available if your member band has anything particularly newsworthy, so send such items to the same address.