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The Town Pipers are coming to Worcester

30 November -1

For one weekend in the middle of May, the streets of Worcester will come alive to the sound of shawms, sackbuts and bagpipes as the Guild of Town Pipers arrives!  

The 9th International Festival of Town Pipers is a biennial event. Organised by the Guild, it brings together groups of musicians from across Europe who specialise in recreating the civic bands of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. 

Known In England as Waites, in the Netherlands as Stadspijpers and in Italy as Piffari, these colourfully costumed musicians were employed by towns to provide music for events, celebrations and processions. They would often perform out of doors and their instruments were chosen to be loud enough to carry in the streets and town squares in the days before amplification. 

This year’s festival in Worcester will see around 12 bands giving free performances outside the Guildhall, at Greyfriars, Tudor House museum, the Commandery and other locations. The event will culminate on Sunday with a mass performance in Cathedral Plaza when over 60 players will assemble to play together ‘The Great Noyse’, a truly unique event that should not be missed.

The 9th International Festival of Town Pipers comes to Worcester from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May. You can read more, and find out where to catch up with the music, at

Saturday 14th May, 10am to 4pm
At The Guildhall, Greyfriars, Tudor House and the Commandery

Sunday 15th May, Noon
Cathedral Plaza: The Great Noyse 
– a parade and concert by the combined bands of the Guild

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