The Playford Ball

The Round organises a Playford Ball each year, and invites past and present members of the Round to attend. It is a formal but relaxed chance to pretend you have just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel. All the dances are called, so it isn’t too scary, but if you haven’t done much English country dancing before it would be a good idea to come to some of the regular Thursday meetings during the Easter Term.

The Ball is held on the Saturday following the last day of Cambridge University Easter Full Term, so in 2022 it will be on Saturday 18th June. Further details will be announced in due course.

As is customary, the programme will be largely selected from Palmer’s Pocket Playford. Cribs are provided with the tickets for those dances not included there.

The programme for the 2019 Ball was:

Never Love Thee More
Mr Isaac’s Maggot
Mage on a Cree
Barbarini’s Tambourine
Parson’s Farewell
Well Hall
Merry Merry Milkmaids
Sun Assembly
Step Stately
Apley House
The Black Nag
Mr Beveridge’s Maggot
The Phoenix
Sapphire Sea
Fourpence Ha’penny Farthing
The Indian Queen
The Fandango
The Guidman of Ballangigh
Gathering Peascods
Kentucky Running Set

Kentucky Running Set has nothing to do with Playford dancing but it is traditional for some to run a set or two during the interval.

The event is followed on the Sunday after the ball by a punt party to Granchester Meadows.

Hugh's History of the Round includes some information on the history of the Playford Ball.