Waits at the York Mystery Plays 2018
The 2018 wagon-staged production of the York Mystery Plays took place on the 9th and 16th of September 2018. There was also an evening performance of some of the plays on the 12th. Once again waits and similar historically attired musicians joined the event, to process the pageant wagons between performance stations around the city centre and play during set-up and take-down at each station. On September 9th the Waits of Leeds, York, Gloucester, Baggeshotte and De Mowbray's Musicke performed. On the evening of the 12th the York Waits played for a sub-set of the plays around the Shambles Market area. Then on the 16th the Waits of Doncaster, York, Colchester and Gloucester, "Time and Tide Waits", and our friends the Taborers provided the music. Performance stations for both Sundays were College Green, St. Sampson's Square, St. Helen's Square and King's Manor.

Significant days each year for early musicians
There are two days every year when we early musicians should get out and about and perform. The first of these is "European Day of Early Music" on March 21st. The title is self-explanatory. The second is "Uncommon Musical Instrument Appreciation Day" on July 31st and, let's face it, nobody plays more uncommon musical instruments than early musicians. Every July 31st we should be out there showing the world our shawms, curtals, cornetts, racketts, sordunes, gemshorns, non-Scottish bagpipes, bray harps, theorboes, opharions, bandoras, citterns, gitterns, hurdy-gurdies, rebecs, tromba marinas, lirones etc. and demonstrating to everyone what a rich spectrum of sounds have been lost to the contemporary music world.

York Waits at the pop-up Rose Theatre
Throughout August, the York Waits performed on Sunday and Monday afternoons in the Elizabethan village attached to the pop-up Rose Theatre at York Castle prior to the performances of Shakespeare's plays.

Changes to IGTP Trustees
At the meeting of the IGTP Trustees during the Festival in King's Lynn, Chris and Lizzie Gutteridge stood down and Jef Teulings ('s-Hertogenbosch) was appointed as a Trustee. The continuing Trustees are Alan Radford (Leeds) as Chairman, Jonathan Palmer (Colchester) as Secretary and Roger Offord (Doncaster) as Treasurer. We welcome Jef to the Board, and place on record our thanks to Chris and Lizzie for their service to the IGTP.

The 8th International Festival of Town Pipers
The Festival took place in King's Lynn from the 18th to 20th of May 2018. It was held in the streets and historic buildings of this ancient port as part of the Hanse Festival, which commemorates the town's historic association with the medieval Hanse League. Details of the programme are on the IGTP 2018 Festival page linked above, and pictures and video clips are on the IGTP Facebook page and elsewhere. Attending were be the Waits of King's Lynn, York, Leeds, Doncaster, Lincoln, Worcester, Gloucester and Colchester, the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch, the Speelluden van Campen, Blondel, the Ely Piper individual guild members from around the world.

Performance listings and news items
The Events page is available for listing public events by member bands for upto six months ahead. 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.