15th Dec, 2017

The York Waits and The Carice Singers get in the festive spirit

Ian Hughes 4th Dec, 2017

THE YORK Waits tune up for Christmas at St Mary’s Church in Warwick on Tuesday December 12.

The group, who perform wearing the sixteenth century livery costumes of the city of York, present a new programme titled Goday my Lord Sir Christemas, featuring an array of medieval instruments including bagpipes, fiddles, a hurdy gurdy, rommelpot, sackbuts, shawms and percussion.

The programme is a celebration of English medieval and Tudor carols, songs and dances for the festive season. There will be familiar carols like God rest you Merry Gentlemen, sung and played as it might have been some 500 years ago.

Young members of the County Waits, one of Warwickshire Music’s group, will perform as the audience arrives in the church.

And the festive music continues when The Carice Singers perform at St Mark’s Church in Leamington on Thursday December 21.

The choir of young professional singers has already made its mark with recordings for the Naxos label, under the direction of Warwickshire musician George Parris.

The choir will deliver the programme O Holy Night, featuring familiar carols and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, which will see them joined by Leamington-based cellist Lucy French, who was a previous Leamington Music Prize winner.

Richard Phillips, of Leamington Music, said: “December is always filled with a range of seasonal concerts and Leamington Music sets out to put on programmes that are different and rather more than a collection of well known carols. We also set high standards with our mulled wine and mince pies served in the interval.”

Visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk for tickets and further details. Tickets are also available in person from the Visitor Information Centre at Leamington’s Pump Rooms, and from St Mary’s Church Gift Shop and St Mark’s Church Parish Office.

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