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 of the Early English tunes used Saturday and Sunday 

Saturday 18th June

9:30 – 10:30 am    Beginners’ Workshop (Gillian Guest) *

10:00 – 10:50 am  Assemble at Clifford’s Tower (or other landmark TBC by Gez, costume optional) and play Early English tunes used for Saturday evening concert and Sunday’s Mystery Plays 

10:50 – 11:10 am  Coffee *

11:10 – 12:10        Fun with the Guildford Show Tunes Workshop (various leaders, we will play them in Saturday evening concert)

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

12:30 –  2pm          Break for meal

2 – 3:15 pm            Dance Music for Concert Workshop * (various leaders,  music to be published )

3:15 – 3:40 pm      Tea break *

3:40 – 5 pm    AGM of  The Taborers Society *

5:00 – 6:20 pm    Break for meal 

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

*in the Black Swan

Sunday 19th June

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