Festivals in King’s Lynn
The 8th International Festival of Town Pipers in 2018 was held from 18-20 of May in the English town of King’s Lynn. In that same weekend the King’s Lynn Hanse-Festival took place. A small part of the program was shared.
Attending were the Waits of King's Lynn, York, Leeds, Doncaster, Lincoln, Worcester, Gloucester and Colchester, the Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch, the Speelluden van Campen, Blondel, the Ely Piper with individual guild members from around the world.
For our third location we went to the Minster, a church at Saturday Market Place to play outside and enjoyed the sun.
Nice weather, nice people, making music together, what else could you want? Well, more audience would have been nice… Due to the fact that on this very same day the Royal marriage of prince Harry and Meghan took place the streets were not as crowded as usual on a Saturday.
Sunday 21th May
The Sunday has its own traditional elements during an International Festival: The Great Noyse. The name says it all, during this event all bands play together, and of course, a rehearsal moment is very necessary. Early in the morning everyone, dressed up in their costume, stood ready in the rehearsal room, instruments at hand. I admire Lizzie Gutteridge, she made an excellent job in controlling all those musicians. And that is not an easy job…
A clip from Norfolk Now.
Among others, you can hear the Stadspijpers play and sing just before the procession started. Why? Just because we could...
You can also see a part of the procession itself.
The Great Noyse
After the procession, at last the moment we were waiting for: the Great Noyse in St Nicholas’ Chapel. Every band entered playing and introduced themselves to the public. When all bands were present every band played another piece. The Stadspijpers van 's-Hertogenbosch had chosen for a partially played, partially sung piece: ‘Slaet op den trommele’. We just like surprises!
And then, the big moment: all bands played four pieces together. And of course, every piece twice. Recorders, flutes, shawms, dulcians, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdys, renaissance trombones, drums and other rhythm instruments, cornettos, a lizard and more. Unique and great fun!
In this fragment, found on Facebook, you can see a small part of it:
The weekend ended with a drink for and with all musicians before they went to their hotels or homes.
We had a wonderful weekend, with a lot of nice new and renewed acquaintances, a lot of fun and of course a lot of music. We all are looking forward already to the next International Festival in 2020!
Making music is always great fun. In most waits-bands there is room for new players. So if you are interested why shouldn’t you give it a try? Contact the IGTP (http://www.townwaits.org.uk/) for the nearest bands! In the Netherlands you could contact The Stadspijpers van ‘s-Hertogenbosch: email@example.com. More information about the Stadspijpers can be found on www.stadspijpers.nl
More photos of the 8th International Festival of Town Pipers (Waits) can be found on: http://www.townwaits.org.uk/fest2018_photos.shtml
(c) 2018 Hans van Gemert
Afbeeldingen: IGTP, El Lenssen, José Danse, Hans van Gemert. Filmpje (Norfolk Now): Youtube.