The 4th International Festival of Town Pipers
‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) 3 – 5 September 2010.

Participating Bands

Stadspijpers van ‘s-Hertogenbosch, York Waits, Leeds Waits, Doncaster Waites, King’s Lynn Waites, Colchester Waits Shawm Band, Gloucester Waites, Charlotte Waites, Ludlow Waites, The Pied Piper of Ely, Dresdner Stadtpfeifer, Ensemble de Ministrils Ciutat de Gandía.

In 2010 the Stadpijpers van ‘s-Hertogenbosch are celebrating the fact that they have been musically active for 25 years in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, capital city of Brabant. That’s why it was decided that the fourth ‘International Festival of Town Pipers’ would be organized in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in this anniversary year, and we invited all our musical friends from all over the world to our city to join in the celebrations.

Festival Programme

3rd September

19:00 Welcoming reception at the City Hall by the Mayor, Dr. A.G.J.M. Rombouts, followed by presentations by Moyses’ Bosch (drama), De Oude Schuts (archery), De Halve Kompagnie Artillerie der Dienstdoende Schutterij van ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Civic guard of 1830) and the Stadspijpers van ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

4th September

10:00 Opening ceremony by Dr. R.Bastiaanse, President of het Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum (BHIC) with artillery salutes by De Halve Kompagnie Artillerie der Dienstdoende Schutterij van ‘s-Hertogenbosch, followed by a full day of music, magic, sword fighting, crossbow-shooting, activities for children, manoeuvres and so on, finishing at 16:30.

5th September

13:30 THE BIG BLOW, preceded by a short procession. You’ve never before seen so many medieval musicians performing on authentic instruments and dressed in authentic costumes!

Participating groups

Moyses’ Bosch, Schuttersgilde De Oude Schuts, De Halve Kompagnie Artillerie der Dienstdoende Schutterij van ‘sHertogenbosch (Schutterij 1830) the Waits of Charlotte, Colchester, Doncaster, Gloucester, Kings Lynn, Leeds, Ludlow and York, the Ely Piper’s Noyse, the Stadtpfeifers von Dresden, the Ensemble de Ministrils Ciutat de Gandía and of course the hosts, de Stadspijpers van ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The following five pieces were played at the “Big Blow” :

Pavane 18
Pavane d’Angleterre
Passtime with Good Company
Pavane La Bataille