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 this term.

The Ball is held on the Saturday following the last day of Cambridge University Easter Full Term, so in 2019 it will be on Saturday 15th June, and it will be at the same venue as last year, the Storey’s Field Centre. This year the band will be Contrasaurus.

Tickets are £10 for students, £15 for others, to include a buffet supper. Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available either at weekly meetings, or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Leah Thomas, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge CB2 1RH (enquiries to lrt30 at Payment may be made by cheque payable to “The Round” or by bank transfer to the Round’s NatWest bank account no. 16564685, sort code 52-10-46. If paying by bank transfer, please give a reference in the form PBxSyN followed by your name, where x is the number of student tickets and y the number of non-student ones – e.g. “PB2S0N Brimm” for two student tickets for Fred Brimm.

Tickets are limited and supplied on a first come, first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

As usual the programme has been largely selected from Palmer’s Pocket Playford; cribs are provided with tickets for those dances not included there.

Many thanks to those past members who provided puddings last year; this is always very much appreciated. If you would be willing to help in this way this year, please indicate what you plan to provide and an approximate number of servings (to facilitate the food arrangements).

The programme for the 2019 Ball is:

To the music of Contrasaurus

Saturday 15th June 2019
Storey’s Field Centre
Eddington Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0DJ
7.00 for 7.30pm
Evening dress preferred

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. We will be teaching this between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. before the weekly Thursday meetings during the Easter term. Notices of KRS practice will be sent out via the mailing list.

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.