Festival Programme


Have fun with the Taborers in historic York as our Festival takes in a Symposium, Workshops, a Concert, and playing for the York Mystery Plays.

Do let us know if you are coming!

Friday 17th June

Gather at The Black Swan, Peaseholm Green, York Y01 7PR from noon.

2-5pm Symposium – From Pipe and Tabor to Flute and Drum

“From pipe and tabor to flute and drum: the evolution of this magical combination over the centuries”

Organised by Bill Tuck, 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 *
Including at 8pm Arrangements on D pipe of the Early English tunes used Saturday and Sunday and the Guildford Show Tunes used Saturday. 

Saturday 18th June

9:00 – 10:00 am    Beginners’ Workshop (Gillian Guest) *.

9:30 – 10:00 am  Assemble at De Grey Rooms, (costume optional) and play Early English tunes used this day and also for Sunday’s Mystery Plays and Guildford Show Tunes (no audience expected).

10:00 – 10:30 am  Break and walk to assemble at Minster Chapter House.

10:30 – 11:00 am       Perform at Minster Chapter House Early English tunes and Guildford Show Tunes.

11:00 – 11:30 am  Break and walk to assemble at Barley Hall.

11:30 – 12:15 pm         Perform at Barley Hall Early English tunes and Guildford Show Tunes.

12:15 – 12:30 pm  Walk to Black Swan,  time to chat, look at instruments etc *.

12:30 –  1:40 pm          Break for meal  at Black Swan * or elsewhere.

1:40 – 3:05 pm     AGM of  The Taborers Society *.

3:05 – 3:30 pm      Tea break *.

3:30 – 5 pm            Dance Music for Concert Workshop * (Buffens, Jenny Pluck Pears, Old [Monsieur’s] Almain, Parson’s Farewell, & Sellenger’s Round  on D pipe for Arbeau dancers, led by Bill and Gez).

5:00 – 6:20 pm    Break for meal at Black Swan * or elsewhere.

6:20 pm Assemble at Black Swan Inn in costume to Process to St Helen’s. 

6:40 pm Assemble at concert venue St Helen’s Church for pre-concert technical rehearsal (entrances, exits etc).

7.30 – 10 pm  Evening ConcertMusic and Mysteries – a Concert celebrating Pipe and Tabor”  in St Helen’s church,  St Helen’s Square, to include Dance Music, some Early English tunes and Fortune My Foe from Guildford Show Tunes.     

*in the Black Swan

Sunday 19th June

Playing for Mystery Plays as they make their way around the old city.  We will work in two groupsEarly English tunes on D pipes, accompanying the wagons. Meet in medieval costume [1] 10:45am for 11am by the South Transept of York Minster, the wagon stations are:

  1. College Green.
  2. St Samson’s Square.
  3. Mansion House, St Helen’s Square.
  4. King’s Manor.

Finish around 4 or 5pm

[1] N.B. You must be in appropriate medieval garb c. 1450-1515 to take part in this part of the festival.

Band assignments for weeks 1 and 2 and scheduled first performance times at College Green below.

11.00    Creation– 1- York Waits 2- York Waits

11.30    The Fall- 1- Taborers, 2- Gloucester

11.45    The Flood– 1- Colchester, 2- Taborers

12.20    The Three Kings– 1- Doncaster, 2- Doncaster

12.45    The Last Supper- 1- own music, 2- own music

1.15      The Crucifixion– 1- De Mowbray, 2- De Mowbray

1.45      Mary Magdalene– 1- Leeds, 2- Leeds

2.05      The Last Judgement– 1- Taborers 2- Baggeshotte

Please meet your wagon at least twenty minutes before the above times at the south side of the Minster to get organised and processed around to College Green. Total circuit time for each play will be approximately two and three quarter hours, ending at King’s Manor.Just a reminder – base camp for changing and luggage is Bedern Hall.