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Christmas Tour 2021

Ancient Music for the Festive Season

The music of Advent, Christmas and winter revelry has deep roots in the medieval and Tudor periods. The Waits celebrate the Festive Season with songs, carols and dances from across medieval and renaissance England and Europe, performed on loud and quiet wind consorts, bowed and plucked strings, and the rustic bagpipes and vielle.
The programme includes many well known favourites such as In dulci jubilo, Ther is no Rose, Noel Nouvelet, Quem Pastores, Ninna, nanna Dormi Figlio and The Waits’ Wassail.
The “grete noyse” of shawms and sackbuts will herald a sequence of atmospheric music that the Waits and Deborah Catterall have developed over many years of collaboration.

“Characteristically infectious and, as always, they brought music from days gone by to vivid, brilliant life.” York Press.

Christmas Tour 2021

Saturday 4th December 12 noon Halifax Square Chapel. Tickets from £12.50. Phone 0343 208 0500, website

Sunday 5th December 3.30pm Wentworth Church. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) available from Wentworth Post Office or by calling 01226 744084.

Wednesday 15th December 7.30pm The Dream Factory, Warwick for Leamington Early Music. Tickets £20 including mulled wine and mince pies. Phone 01926 334418, website

Tuesday 21st December 6pm sharp, Micklegate Bar, Yule Riding.