William Marshall’s working life has been spent first in regional journalism (he is an ex-Yorkshire Columnist of the Year) and latterly as a staff writer at a Higher Education institution. He has a Master’s and a Doctorate in various aspects of late Victorian cultural and social history. But he has sustained an interest in renaissance music and its instruments since his mid teens and eventually this led to an invitation to join the York Waits in 1991. The fact that he had written several favourable reviews of concerts by the group had nothing to do with it.
For the next 12 years he was the new boy in the band, but is now its second longest-serving current member, playing a range of brass, woodwind and stringed instruments. His contribution also includes the compilation of historical texts to provide the “script” for narrated concerts themed on subjects that include Guy Fawkes, Henry VIII and Arthur Tudor.