Festival Programme


International Pipe and Tabor Festival  – Programme 2018

Friday 14th September

Gather at The Black Swan, Peaseholme Green, York  YO1 7PR  from noon

2 – 5 pm               Symposium in the function room of The Black Swan

5 – 7.30 pm         Break for meal at Black Swan or elsewhere

7.30 – 11.00 pm  Social and informal session (round the room, “play” or “pass”) in the function room


Saturday 15th September

9:20 – 10:20 am   Beginners’ Workshop (Gillian Guest) *

10:20 – 10:40 am Coffee *

10:40 – 12:10 pm  Workshop – Early English tunes for Saturday evening concert and Sunday’s Mystery Plays (various leaders) *    (to download tunes see below)

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

12.30 –  2pm         Break for meal

2 – 3:20 pm          AGM of  The Taborers Society *

3:20 – 3:40 pm     Tea break *

3:40 pm – 5 pm    Workshop – playing for dance [including Voltate in ca Rosina, Buffens, Sellengers Round, Monsieur’s Almain] (Bill Tuck) *

5pm – 6.10 pm     Break for meal

6:10 pm               Gather at Black Swan to process to St Helen’s Church,  St Helen’s Square

6.30 pm               Pre-concert rehearsal in St Helen’s church,  St Helen’s Square

7.30 pm – 10 pm  Evening concert “Music and Mysteries – Early and Contemporary Music – The Taborers Society”  in St Helen’s Church,  St Helen’s Square

*in the Black Swan


Sunday 16th September

Playing for Mystery Plays as they make their way around the old city.  We will work in one or two groups, accompanying the wagons.

Meet at the De Gray Rooms, St. Leonard’s Place, York 10.30 am, the plays kick off at 11 am.

n.b. you must be in appropriate, good quality medieval garb to take part in this part of the festival.


Download the Mystery Plays tune booklet
Download L’Homme Arme (tune)
Download L’Homme Arme (arrangement)