Save the Date: The Playford Ball


Save the Date: The Playford Ball

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 Saturday 13 January 2024

  At the Weston Library

  Free, booking will open in autumn 2023

About the event

Save the date – join us for live music from The Warleggan Village Band  and dancing led by Andrew Swaine.

Richard Heacock (violin), Matthew Coatsworth (violin and concertina) and Chris Green (guitar) formed The Warleggan Village Band to play for dance sequences in BBC TV’s Poldark, and later in the hugely successful Netflix series Bridgerton. The band is renowned for its exceptionally inventive playing of English country dance music from Playford to Regency times, bringing joy and energy to dancers and listeners alike. 

As well as performing for The Dancing Master’s Playford Ball, The Warleggan Village Band have provided audio examples of music displayed in the exhibition.

Andrew Swaine is one of the most respected callers in the country, whether for ceilidh, American contra or Playford. His research into early Playford dances made him an obvious choice to lead dancers at our Playford Ball. Andrew runs Playford in the Pub, a monthly music and dance session held in The Shakespeare Pub in Sheffield. 

Booking for the ball will open in autumn 2023.


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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