"Summer" Schools 2015
A few "summer" schools to consider this year:
1. The annual Chalemie course in Oxford has moved to the Easter break this year, from 28 March to 2 April, under the direction of Tim Bayley of the York Waits.
2. Bill Lyons and members of The City Musick will again be involved in the early music strand in week 1 at Dartington from August 1-8.
3/ Philip Thorby directs the Cambridge Renaissance Summer School at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge from August 9-15.

I G T P Membership 2015
Reminder: The IGTP membership year runs from January to December, so 2015 subscriptions are now due. Details of rates and payment methods are on the linked "Membership" page, and the Treasurer will be pleased to receive your payment by whatever method.

Waits at Christmas
There are two periods during the year when waits become very active - the summer and the run-up to Christmas. Member groups gave numerous performances during the Christmas season. Because our member bands research their history, some were able to re-create historical events and revive old traditions in their Christmas performances. For many years the York Waits have processed through the streets on December 21st in their "Yule Riding" to proclaim the traditional Christmas welcome to the city, the Leeds Waits annually re-create their Christmas Eve 1640 entertainment at Temple Newsam, and on December 11th the Linclon Waites revived their traditional "Crying Christmas" proclamation.

International Waits' Festival 2014
The Sixth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers took place in Gloucester over the "Heritage Days" weekend, 12-14 September 2014. Nine bands participated - the Waits of Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, King's Lynn, Leeds, Lincoln and York, Waytes and Measures, and the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands). Performance venues were Blackfriars, the churches of St Nicholas, St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt, the Cathedral precinct and the Folk Museum. On the Saturday the 13th bands played at these venues. On Sunday the 14th we held the "Great Noyse" of massed bands in the cathedral close at noon. Then individual bands performed in the afternoon at the same venues as Saturday. We were greeted at the opening reception/buffet on the Friday evening in the Parliament Rooms of the cathedral by the Mayor of Gloucester, Cllr. Deb Llewelyn. Photographs etc. are now in the Festivals section of the website.

Waits at the York Mystery Plays
The wagon-based performance of the York Mystery Plays were performed again on the city streets on July 13th and 20th with Waits from Baggeshotte, Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, Leeds, Lincoln and York plus De Mowbray's Musicke processing pageant wagons around the circuit of performance stations. That's it for another four years, when the pageant wagons will roll again. There are a few photos to remind us of the 2014 Plays.

Multi-Waits Gatherings
On April 19th, the Doncaster Waites, De Mowbray's Musicke and the Leeds Waits are all performing at Temple Newsam in Leeds at the annual day of early music organised by the North-East Early Music Forum. Then on 13-14 June in Ely several of our member bands will join the Ely Piper to take to the streets with shawms, bagpipes et al. to serenade the good citizens.

French civic musicians
The latest update on the Historical Records section of the site is the adition of records of "waits" in the southern French cities of Montpellier, Toulouse and Avignon. Thanks to the chapter by Gretchen Peters in Fiona Kisby's book (see bibliography page), we now know that although infrequent, we did have our civic equivalents in France. Gretchen Peters' own recent book (ditto) gives evidence of our French colleagues in Aix-en-Provence, Amiens, Bordeaux, Dijon, Lille, Lyons, Marseilles, Nimes, Orleans, Saint-Omer, Tours and Troyes, and these will shortly be added to our historical records section. Isn't it time someone revived some of these?

Performance listings and news items
The Events page is now available for listing public events by member bands up to the end of July 2015. Email details to waits.events@btinternet.com. 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.