Lion Ballroom Tea Dance

Our first event of 2020 was the Pride and Prejudice Tea Dance in the Lion Ballroom, Leominster. Dancers arrived from Oxford and Cardiff and all places in between, to dance a selection of carefully chosen dances led by Dancing Master, Brian Stanton. Music was provided by Peter and Moira of Dampiers Round.

We found out that a Buskin is not only the name of an 18th century dance but it refers to the laces of a type of footwear worn at the time…..even by Robinson Crusoe, as described by Daniel Defoe. It’s amazing what you learn with Worcestershire Early Music!


Dances for Twelfth Night 6th January Tea Dance

Brian Stanton will choose dances from the list below:

Auretti’s Dutch Skipper  (Thompson 1757)

The Delight of Sudbury (Thompson 1765)

The Comical Fellow (Thompson 1776)

The Duke of Kent’s Waltz (Cahusac 1801)

First of April  (Thompson 1780)

Fourpence Happenny Farthing (Playford 1709)

Indian Queen (Playford 1701)

Jacob Hall’s Jig  (Playford 1695)

Juice of Barley (Playford 1686)

The Leamington Dance  (Wheatstone 1811)

Lord of Carnarvon’s Jig  (Playford 1651)

My Lord Byron’s Maggot (Playford 1701)

The Old Whigg (Cahusac 1793)

The Prince of Wales Fancy (Caricature Fan 1792)

The Prince Regent (Anon 1815)

A School for Scandal (Thompson 1788)

Sir Roger de Coverly (Wilson 1816)

Upon a Summers Day (Playford 1651)

The Waggoner (Thompson 1793)

Young Phillis of Wakefield (Walsh 1715)Facebooktwittermail

What a festival! A veritable feast of early music and dancing…

The 2017 Worcestershire Early Music Festival is over – we’re delighted to say that audiences were bigger than ever before and the concerts were artistically excellent.

Our Baroquathon on Bank Holiday Monday was a brilliant day of music-making in collaboration with the Elgar School of Music and we’re hoping to repeat this another year – it also raised welcome funds for outreach projects.

The Pride and Prejudice Ball at Worcester Guildhall had a fantastic buzz on Saturday – everyone makes such an effort to put together their period costumes (photos available in our gallery) so it looks stunning too.

Thanks to Patchwork for the lovely music, and our wonderful dancing master Brian Stanton.

“There is nothing like dancing, after all.  I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies.”  Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice