The Beverley Guildhall will present an unusual evening lecture by members of the York Waits at 7pm on Thursday, 16 June, with plenty of medieval musical instruments to see and hear.
From the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century the English town bands, or waits, provided music for civic occasions and celebrations. In this lecture Tim Bayley and John Peel of today’s York Waits will outline the history of the waits of Beverley and York. They will play tunes of the time on instruments depicted in Beverley’s celebrated carvings of medieval musicians.
The Waits are of particular interest to Beverley as they are represented on the Minstrels’ Pillar in St Mary’s Church, and the Guildhall itself has some of England’s oldest ceremonial Waits’ chains on display.
Tickets for this event are priced at £6 and can be obtained by calling (01482) 392706/392699.
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