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The York Waits get festive at Warwick's St Mary's Church

Leamington Editorial 3rd Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE YORK Waits give a concert of Christmas music at St Mary’s Church in Warwick on Tuesday (December 8).

The High Feast of Yule will feature mainly music from the sixteenth century, including a number of traditional carols – including an arrangement of While Shepherds watched their Flock from 1600 and a carol by King Henry VIII, together with dance music from the period.

Praetorius, Holborne and Obrecht are among the composers represented.

The York Waits perform in the sixteenth century livery costume of the city of York and bring a big array of instruments. The more unusual ones include bagpipes, curtal, fiddles, hurdy gurdy, rebec, rommelpot, sackbut and shawm, alongside flute, guitar, harp, percussion and recorders.

Other Christmas concerts put on by Leamington Music include Amici Cantantes – winners of the 2015 Leamington Music Prize – at St Mark’s Church in Leamington tomorrow (Friday).

And the Mellstock Band will be the Lord Leycester Hopsital ion Warwick on December 15 and 16 with their programme The Leaves of Life.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the interval at the concerts.

Visit www.leamingtonmusic.org for tickets and further details.