Festival Programme


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Have fun taboring in the historic centre of Grantham 15th – 17th September 2023, centred on Grantham House and St Wulfram’s Church, before Salisbury Cathedral this had the tallest spire in England. We’ll have workshops, sessions, and instruments. We are delighted to have Gaby Bultmann from Berlin as our international guest.

Do let us know if you are coming!

Friday 15th Sep 

10:20 am Tour of pipe and tabor iconography. Bring instruments.
Meet at Avenue Hotel 32-34 Avenue Rd, Grantham NG31 6TH for car sharing, email  Andy Richards for a place.

Heckington.  Two C14th taborers on the church.

Ancaster.  C14th taborer and a double pipe player.

Brant Broughton.  Two C14th taborers on the church.

Rendezvous at Grantham House, Castlegate, Grantham NG31 6SS.

2 – 5:20 pm            Symposium “Inspired by the Chained Library”.

5:20 – 6:30 pm   Break for meal at Tollemache Inn [Wetherspoons], Prezzo [Italian], Gurkha Square [Nepalese], or Cinco Lounge. 

6:30 – 7:50 pm AGM of the Taborers Society, Grantham House.         

8:00 – 10.00 pm  Social and informal session (round the room, “play” or “pass”), Grantham House.

Saturday 16th Sep 

From 9am Grantham House, our workshop and instruments venue, is open. 

9:30am to 10:30am Opportunities to visit Chained Library / look at and discuss instruments. 

10:30 to 11:30pm Workshop (Danserye tunes for all [PDF]: Argiers , Gathering Peascods, Heart’s Ease, Hunt the Squirrel, & Rufty Tufty [Jamaica, & Jenny Pluck Pears (video) for the confident PDF] ), Sumer is Icumen in, also Processional and Lichfield Morris for all with Matt and Ollie, including Winster Processional and Lichfield Ring O’Bells and Vandals. Note: no time is currently scheduled for the confident morris repertoire that may be played on D pipes during the afternoon: Banbury Bill (Bampton), Banks of the Dee (Fieldtown), Bonny Green Garters (Bampton), Constant Billy (Headington), Country Gardens (Fieldtown), Laudanum Bunches (Headington), Old Woman Tossed Up (Fieldtown), Valentine (Fieldtown).

11:45am to 12:30pm Workshop with Danserye on speeds, sequences and signals.

12:30pm Get your own lunch (when Morris will join).

1:30-2:15pm Wyndham Park performance.

2:30-3pm St. Wulfram’s Church performance (outside, in front of west door).

3:00pm Market Place performance (drink at Chequers Bar for those who wish).

3:15pm–3:45pm, Angel & Royal Hotel courtyard.

4-4:30pm Guildhall / Cultural Quarter: perform on St. Peter’s Hill.

5pm Get your own dinner (several places within a short hop of Guildhall: Wetherspoons, Prezzo [Italian], Gurkha Square [Nepalese], Cinco Lounge).

6:20pm – 7pm Technical Rehearsal at St Wulfram’s for concert.

7:15pm Assemble at Angel & Royal and Process to St Wulfram’s for concert.

7:30pm to 10pm Concert “Celebrating Pipe and Tabor” – Taborers Society, international artist Gaby Bultmann from Berlin, at St. Wulfram’s [Programme].

Sunday 17th Sep 

Rendezvous at Grantham House.

9:30 – 10:30 am   Chance to look at and discuss instruments

10:30 – 11:00 am  Symposium item – the Lyrical Pipe and Tabor – Mark Perkins.

11:10 – 11:40 am Workshop – Taboring Rhythms – Gillian Guest.

11:50 – 12:50 pm Workshop – baroque style and ornaments – Gaby Bultmann (bring G pipes for Boismortier items, or email  Andy Richards asking to borrow one; also for Te Deum low D or low G pipes are very welcome as well as G and high D)
Boismortier menuett-sarabande D pipe fingering for G pipes
Boismortier branle D pipe fingering for G pipes
Charpentier te deum pipe and tabor ensemble

1:15 pm Eat at the historic Angel and Royal where Richard III stayed (email  Andy Richards for a place).

Festival Tickets:

These are available in person from Rob Guest

Weekend taborer £50, weekend partner/supporter £25

Day taborer £10 (just for “one day taborers” e.g. Saturday only)

Concert audience £5

Performers of dance etc free