The Dancing Master: The Playford Ball

Playford Ball - three musicians

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.

Find out more
You can find out more about the Dancing Master project here, the exhibition The Dancing Master will be held at Blackwell Hall from Saturday 2 September – mid January 2024.