Winter Warmer Weekend 9-11 February 2018

A weekend gathering for taborers

Location – Kings Cross, London (see bottom of page for details)

  • Friday 9th – Evening gathering
  • Saturday 10th –  Music for the York Mystery Plays – Workshop
  • Sunday 11th – C15th Dance music – Workshop

Plus local tours and social events.

Cost £10 for members
£20 for non-members (includes TTS membership fee)

Itinerary for Taborers Winter Warmer

Friday evening:

meet in the Doric Arch pub (Euston Station) from 6.00 pm (food available) playing in St Pancras Church Hall nearby from 7.30 to 9.30


This session will explore the idea of using pipe & tabor (perhaps with other instruments) as a medium for performing polyphony – playing pieces with more than one part. The simplest idea is just playing in round, perhaps with a repeating bass part as in the first of this list. The final two pieces (L’Homme Armee and Filles a Marier) are Burgundian chansons of the kind that might have been performed at the Feast of the Pheasant in 1454 and described in separate file.

  • Sumer is icumin in (2 parts + ).
  • Edi beo thu (2 parts)
  • Chirintana (2 parts)
  • Blow thy horn hunter (3 parts)
  • Pastime with good company (3 parts)
  • L’Homme Armee (3 or 4 parts)
  • Filles a marier (3 or 4 parts)


Meet for coffee & croissants in the Kings Place café from 10.00 am

11.00 to 12.00 walking tour of Kings Cross redevelopment area, with opportunities for playing at various sites (Gasholder Park, canalside,  Camley Street Natural Park, Old St Pancras Churchyard – and possibly in the Church itself)

12.00 to 1.00 Star of Kings for lunch (pub opens at 12.00)

1.30 to 6.00 Workshops (Star of Kings, basement room)

  • 1.30 – 3.00  Tunes for the York Mystery Plays
    Tunes from the previous York Playlist with some new additions
  • 3.30 – 6.00  Contemporary music
    We return to an old favourite ‘In C’ plus works by members of the Taborers Society

Saturday evening free, but a list of possible entertainments will be provided nearer the time.


Meet at Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, at 10.30 for tour of museum and playing session in Great Hall

12.00 t0 1.00 Lunch at a local historic pub (the Mayflower)

2.00 to 6.00 Return to Euston and Workshop in St Pancras Church Hall

Renaissance Italian Dance

Music to accompany 15th century Italian dances. Accompanying dance was one of the most important functions of pipe & tabor in the 15th century.  This session will explore some of the more complex dance accompaniment for the Italian balli of the 15th century. For the final part of the afternoon we will have some dancers to act as guinea pigs to see how well we can provide an accompaniment. It is important to memorize these pieces as far as possible as the dancers make sudden changes of tempo.

  • Petit Riens
  • Amoroso
  • El Gioioso (Rosti Boli)
  • Prexonera
  • Pizochara
  • Ingrata

Tunes for the Workshops


The Doric Arch pub is located on the forecourt of Euston station (left hand side as you come out of the station and up the stairs to first floor)
1 Eversholt St, Euston Square NW1 1DN

Gasholder Park

St Pancras Church hall is at 1 Lancing Street, immediately opposite the eastern entrance to Euston Station and to the rear of the Royal George pub
Lancing St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1NA

Old St Pancras Church

The Star of Kings pub is in York Way, 6 mins walk from Kings Cross station (or two stops on 390 bus from York Way – Copenhagen St stop)
126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX

Kings Place Concert Halls and café is in York Way, 5 mins walk from Kings Cross station
90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG

Brunel Museum is 50 yards from Rotherhithe Overground station, or 5 mins walk from Canada Water underground station (on the Jubilee line)
Railway Ave, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF

Brunel Museum Great Hall

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