IGTP Workshop 2017: Music for a Medieval Street Band
Our IGTP biennial workshop has been arranged for Colchester on Saturday, 18 November 2017. It will be tutored by members of Blondel, and is open to members and non-members, anyone who plays waits-type renaissance instruments. Sign up to try a shawm, learn some easy but impressive ornamentation tricks, join in band sessions and blast through catchy dances, brilliant fanfares and bold ceremonial works. Also learn how how to get the most out of your reeds - cleaning, storage and minor editing procedures. Click the link on our Workshops page or alternatively go here for details.

The 8th International Festival of Town Pipers
The Eighth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers will take place in Kings Lynn from the 18th to 20th of May 2018. It will be held in the streets and historic buildings of this ancient port as part of the Hanse Festival, which commemorates the town's history as a member of the medieval Hanse League. Details will appear on the IGTP Festivals page of the waits' website in due course.

The York Mystery Plays 2018
The next wagon-staged production of the York Mystery Plays is now confirmed to take place on the 9th and 16th of September 2018. There is alspo an evening performance of some of the plays on the 12th. Once again waits and similar historically attired musicians are invited to join 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. Pleaase inform waits.events@btinternet.com of your interest, and for which date or dates.

Minstrels' Guild Charter of Beverley, 1555
The Guild of Minstrels of Beverley governed all waits and other qualified musicians living and working between the Trent and the Tweed, so covering the north of England east of the Pennines and a major part of the Midlands. Its members met annually to elect guild officers and transact other business. It regulated apprenticeships, and looked after members unable through age to continue earning a living. We are delighted to now have a transcription of the 1555 re-issued charter of the much older guild. Would the Charity Commission accept it if we were to propose it as our own constitution?

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.

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