Date(s) - 22/06/2013
Bridlington Priory Church
The York Waits take their name from the ancient city band of York, and have revived the band as it was in its heyday in the 16th century, playing a wide repertoire of period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballads. Like their predecessors they play upon a noyse of shawms, ancestors of the oboe-bassoon family, and characteristic instruments of waits before 1600. They also play cornett, saggbut, and curtal, flutes, recorders great and small, crumhorns, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lute and cittern.
The historical Waits enlivened many national celebrations, including festivities for Richard III at Bosworth Field, Elizabeth I at Tilbury Fort and Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace.
By creating a replica band of waits, not only in their instruments and costumes but also in their performing style, the York Waits have attempted to remove the music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created.
Players from the York Waits also took part in the Medieval Fayre earlier in the afternoon, in colourful costume, to demonstrate their period instruments.
For further information about the band, please visit the York Waits website.
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