IGTP Festival 2016 update
The 7th Biennial Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers will take place in 's=Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands from the 3rd to the 5th of June. Our hosts the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch will be joined by fellow member bands the Waits of Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, King's Lynn, Leeds, Worcester and York and the shawm band Blondel. Our festival is being held in conjunction with commemorations marking the five hundredth anniversary of the death of the host city's famous painter Heiromymus Bosch, whose house looks out over the market square and whose statue stands proudly in the middle of it. Having sampled the hospitality of our Dutch friends on two previous visits, we look forward to another weekend of music, good companionship and perhaps a little over-indulgence. Music for The Great Noyze, our traditional massed performance, has now been selected and circulated to each band's contact person. It will also appear on the Festivals page shortly. The four pieces our Dutch colleagues have selected, all probably new to us, are "Ik Zeg Adieu" set be by Clemens non Papa, "Propina de Melior", "Zwaarddans" and an anonymous Tourdion setting of "Quand je bois du vin clairet". Other festival details will appear here in due course.

Shakespeare at 400
2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Of our member bands, The City Musick and the Leeds Waits are featuring concert programmes of music associated with the great poet and playwright - songs written by him and set by his musical contemporaries like Robert Johnson and Thomas Morley, and dances performed or referred to in his plays. Also, on the actual anniversary weekend Leeds Waits and Colchester Waits are both collaborating with local historical dance groups to perform some of the dances mentioned by the Bard. If any other member bands give specific Shakespeare anniversary performances this year, "Latest News" would be happy to include them.

Debut CD by Blondel
Blondel's debut album "Zephirus: his sweete breeth" is now available for download from CDbaby (link above), and by mail order (please email lizzie@elizabethgutteridge.co.uk with your postal address). The album features late 14thC and 15thC chansons, virelais and a couple of dances by Dufay, Machaut, Binchois, Solage, Hautcourt and others performed on shawm, bagpipe and recorder trios.

The earliest waits?
The quote "Assint etiam excubie vigiles cornibus suis strepitum et clangorem et sonitum facientes" from Alexander Neckam (1157-1217) has in the past been cited as the first reference to members of our profession of town waits. There was some confusion as to its source, wrongly cited as Neckam's "De naturis rerum" instead of his lesser-known "De nominibus utensilium". Our Patron, Professor Richard Rastall, has now not only correctly identified the source of the quote but also refined its meaning. Follow the link to this on the "Discussion Essays" page

New CD by the York Waits
The York Waits' latest album "Crions Nouel" is now available for sale through their website (above). The album features works by Byrd, Michael Praetorius, Walter and Altenburg performed on the Waits' signature shawm band as well as curtals, violins, recorders, hurdy-gurdy and even a rommelpot.

Performance listings and news items
The Events page is available for listing public events by member bands for the next six months. If the details of performances by your member band are not up to date, email details to waits.events@btinternet.com. Event listings are 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.