Festival Programme


Have fun with the Taborers in Stratford-Upon-Avon with the theme “The Bard, the Morris, the Dance”, as we explore pipe and tabor tunes linked to Shakespeare, morris linked to him and his locality, and dances of his period.

We will be based in the 15th century White Swan with lovely period architecture and wall paintings, state of the art presentation equipment, and wooden dance floor (special rate to stay here quoting “Pipe and Tabor Festival”). We will perform in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare is buried, and in the town with Shakespeare Morris, great custodians of the local Bidford tradition. We will be inspired by Carles Mas, Catalan master of taboring and playing for dances of Shakespeare’s time, Ollie and Matt Simons, superb morris jig performers and taborers, and the wonderful Chuck Wilcox who will open our Symposium with a keynote speech.

The tunes featured in the workshops are available here (2019 IPATF tunes)

Thursday 12th September

Rendezvous at The White Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

8:30 pm   A chance to socialise, drink and if you like informal session (round the room, “play” or “pass”) in the White Swan Snug or bar.

Friday 13th September

Rendezvous at The White Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the function rooms where all festival workshops are held.

9:20 – 10:40 am   Workshop  – Carles Mas – taboring technique.

10:40 – 11 am Coffee.

11 – 12:10 pm  Workshop – Shakespeare tunes – Bill Tuck.

2 – 5 pm            Symposium (White Swan function rooms)

2:00 – 2:45 Keynote Address: Chuck Wilcox “The Musicians Gallery”

2:45 – 3:00 Andy Richards (Part 1) “Strike it up Tabor in Shakespeare’s Time – Pipe and Tabor with Recorder Consort and with Voice”  

3:00 – 3:30 Paul Saunders “Shakespeare’s Dances: Imagery and Action “

Tea Break

4:00 – 4:15 Andy Richards (Part2) “Shakespearean Stage Jig workshop – Pipes and Tabors in a School”

4:15 – 4:45 Avery Gosfield “Shylock’s Soundscape – pipe and tabor in an Italian-Jewish context”

4.45 – 5.15 Bill Tuck “Pipe & Tabor at the Tudor and Elizabethan Court”

5:15 – 7:30 pm         Break for meal venue options TBC.

7:30 – 11.00 pm  Social and informal session (round the room, “play” or “pass”), White Swan function rooms.

Saturday 14th September

Rendezvous at The White Swan, Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the function rooms where all festival workshops are held.

9:20 – 10:40 am   Workshop  – Carles Mas – Shakespeare period dance tunes (some performed later today) – Bill Tuck liaising to find dancers for this.

10:40 – 11 am Coffee.

11 – 12:10 pm  Workshop  – Playing for Bidford Morris tunes (some performed later today) – Shakespeare Morris.
All on D pipe:  Bluff King Hal in D, and in G the following – Constant Billy, Morris Off, Shepherd’s Hey and Princess Royal [Cross Caper].

12:10 – 12:30 pm  Time to chat, look at instruments etc.

12.30 –  2pm         Break for meal

2 – 3pm Beginners’ Workshop (Gillian Guest)

2 – 2:30 pm  Taborers perform in the beautiful Guild Chapel.

Afternoon – half hour performances at Bancroft Gardens and elsewhere of Massed Taborers interleaved with Shakespeare Morris and Jigs from Ollie and Matt Simons –

Example 28min performance – 2m Morris On Taborers item 1, 4m Local Dance 1, 2m Taborers item 2   4m Other Dance, 4m Jig, 2m Taborers item 3, 4m Local Dance 2, 4m Shepherd’s Hey or Sellenger’s Round or similar.

(Bill Tuck investigating whether could also be renaissance dance group going round with a couple of taborers).

5:00 pm – 6:20 pm   Break for meal.

6.20 Assemble at White Swan Inn to process to Holy Trinity.

6.40 pm assemble at concert venue Holy Trinity Church for pre-concert technical rehearsal (entrances, exits etc).

7.30 pm – 10 pm  Evening concert “The Bard, Music and Dance – The Taborers Society with International Guest Carles Mas”  in Holy Trinity Church.

Approximate Overview:

45 min Taborers

10 min 2 morris jigs

40 min Carles (including Shakespeare period dances from Saturday morning workshop)

15 min Massed taborers (including Shakespeare tunes from Friday morning workshop)

Sunday 15th September*

9:00 am – 10:00 am Workshop – Carles Mas

10:00 – 10:20 am coffee

10:20 – 11:40 AGM of  The Taborers Society

11:50 – 12:50 pm  Workshop  – Carles Mas

13:00 Eat at the fine 15th century White Swan Inn (Taborers Feast)  or elsewhere (pre book to avoid disappointment)

*in the White Swan

Festival Tickets:

Weekend taborer £50

Day taborer £20

Taborer’s family member weekend £15

Tickets are bought from Rob Guest at the festival. There’s no formal booking of festival tickets in advance, but Rob Guest or Andy Richards would love to know your plans to attend. We look forward to seeing you!