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The International Guild of Town Pipers is a registered charity which exists to advance the education for the public benefit in early music and historically informed performances in particular but not exclusively in the music of Medieval and Renaissance Town Waits.

"Of all musical sounds that from day to day smote the ears of a sixteenth-century town resident, the deafening skirl of the shawm band in palace courtyard or market square must have been the most familiar"

Anthony Baines


Advance Notice

Composer Martin Peerson (c1572-1651) was successful, individual, and way ahead of his time. But today his gorgeous songbook "Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique" (1630) is essentially unknown. Until now.

We are delighted to announce that the Peerson Project on "Kickstarter" reached it's target for funding in February 2016. This means that a CD of all 25 songs will be recorded by international star performers - I Fagiolini (voices), Fretwork (viols) and James Johnstone (chamber organ).

See I Fagiolini's Facebook page for a sound clip from the first rehearsal in 400 years!

News of how to purchase the CD will be posted here soon.

Latest News from the IGTP

Latest News from the International Guild of Town Pipers is compiled and edited by Alan Radford

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