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

The Sixth Festival of the International Guild of Town Pipers was arranged and planned by Simon Pickard of the Gloucester Waites and the IGTP, in association with Gloucester Civic Trust, Folk Museum and Cathedral.

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

The eight bands who attended were the Waites of Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, King's Lynn, Leeds, Lincoln and York, and Waytes & Measures and the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands). During the festival, these musicians performed at 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 was the "Great Noyse" of massed bands in the Cathedral Close.

Friday 12th September 2014

All participating Bands were 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 dined at Blackfriars Priory.

Sunday 14th September 2014

Bands processed individually to the west front of Gloucester Cathedral and took their places for "The Great Noyse" (previously known as the "Big Blow"). This massed bands performance took 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


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

The host band were The Gloucester Waites, led by Simon Pickard and we were extremely grateful to Simon and his companions for inviting us to visit this beautiful and ancient city in the west of England. The Festival was timed to coincide with the Heritage Open Days weekend when historical buildings across the country were opened to the public. Gloucester Civic Trust organised this event and they are used to inviting groups of Early Musicians to play in the buildings as part of the event, so it was natural to work in partnership with them.



The opening event was 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 welcomed participants to the festival.


Our base of operations for the weekend was the Gloucester Folk Museum. After meeting here at 10.00am, bands were sent to perform in various Heritage Open Day venues, which included the Folk Museum itself, St Nicholas', St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt Churches.

In the evening there was an informal dinner party with plenty of opportunity for playing and singing.


We met again at the Folk Museum at 10.00am to prepare for the performance to be given by the Massed Bands at 12.00 noon outside the Cathedral. This performance consisted of a short procession by each band around the cathedral to College Green, where they performed together under the directorship of Tim Bayley. Each band also performed a show piece too.

Bands returned to the Folk Museum for a buffet lunch, followed by the more musical performances during the rest of the afternoon.

This zip file contains all the sheet music performed at the massed band performance.


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