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The 6th International Festival of Town Pipers
Gloucester:   12th - 14th September 2014

Simon Pickard of the Gloucester Waites and the IGTP, in association with Gloucester Civic Trust, Folk Museum and Cathedral, are planning the Sixth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers in Gloucester over the "Heritage Days" weekend, 12-14 September 2014.

The wild boar badge of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is the 2014 festival emblem.

Please visit this page again - more information will be added here as festival plans develop.

Update 4 May 2014

The detailed planning is coming along well, and nine bands to date have indicated attendance. They are the Waits of Charlotte (USA), Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, King's Lynn, Leeds, Lincoln and York, and Waytes & Measures and the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands). Scheduled performance venues for participating bands will include Blackfriars Priory, the churches of St Nicholas, St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt, the Cathedral precinct and the Folk Museum. A special feature of the Sunday will be the "Great Noyse" of massed bands in the Cathedral Close.

Friday 12th September 2014

All participating Bands will be invited to a reception/buffet in the Parliament Room at Gloucester Cathedral

Saturday 13th September 2014

After a busy day of performance, musicians and friends will dine at Blackfriars Priory.

Sunday 14th September 2014

Bands will process individually to the west front of Gloucester Cathedral and take their places for "The Great Noyse" (previously known as the "Big Blow"). This is a massed bands performance and will take place in the Cathedral Close at lunchtime on the 14th.

Website for Gloucester Cathedral

(Photograph: W. Lloyd MacKenzie, via Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/saffron_blaze/ - this file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)

Participating Bands

Gloucester Charlotte (USA) Colchester Doncaster King's Lynn Leeds Lincoln York Waytes & Measures Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands)

NOTE: If any Bands would like to submit a particular picture of themselves for inclusion here, please email al@garrod.me - pictures should be 300 pixels in height.

This festival weekend of public music making promises to be the best yet. This year's host band are The Gloucester Waites, led by Simon Pickard and we are extremely grateful to Simon and his companions for inviting us to visit this beautiful and ancient city in the west of England. The Festival has been timed to coincide with the Heritage Open Days weekend when historical buildings across the country are opened to the public. Gloucester has a particularly active Civic Trust running this event and they are used to inviting groups of Early Musicians to play in the buildings as part of the event, so we will be working in partnership with them, giving us some top venues in which to perform.

Simon and the IGTP Directors are currently working to put together the programme for the weekend, the following is an outline of what we have in mind and is subject to change.



The opening event will be a welcome buffet reception for all participating bands, held in one of the city's historical venues at 7.00pm. Representatives of the City Council and Civic Trust will welcome participants to the festival and there may be a chance for some playing.


Our base of operations for the weekend will be the Gloucester Folk Museum which has a public cafe, an enclosed courtyard and a modern education building. We will meet here at 10.00am and from 10.30am until 4.00pm bands will be sent to perform in various Heritage Open Day venues, which are likely to include the Folk Museum itself, St Nicholas', St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt Churches. The current plan is for performance slots of 1 hour to be shared by two bands in each venue.

In the evening there will be an informal dinner party from 7.00 to 11.00pm with plenty of opportunity for playing and singing.


We will meet again at the Folk Museum at 10.00am and a rehearsal will be held in preparation for the performance to be given by the Massed Bands at 12.00 noon outside the Cathedral. This performance will consist of a short procession by each band around the cathedral before they meet on the College Green to perform together under the directorship of Tim Bayley. There will be room on the programme for each band to perform a show piece for a couple of minutes as well.

There will then be a light buffet lunch back at the Folk Museum, where we can say our farewells, followed by the chance to play again for 30 minute slots during the rest of the afternoon for those bands who are able to stay on.

Information for Participating Bands

If your band is taking part in "The Great Noyse" on Sunday 14th September, please double click the following link to save the music on your own computer. This zip file contains the music you need for the massed band performance.

Download sheet music (zip file)


2012 Festival Photographs and Video

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