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Gloucester Waites

The Waites of Gloucester were the City musicians, liveried and paid for by the civic authorities, between the 1590’s and the early 1800’s.  We represent the early form of the Waites, the kind of band who would have
played as Queen Elizabeth’s reign gave way to King James I.

We also play music from the earlier Tudor period, when, although there were no Waits extant in Gloucester, many great cities like York and Norwich had Waits bands.  Their repertoire was drawn chiefly from chansons and other popular tunes of the day.

Today's Waites are: Ted Boxall, Simon Pickard, Fenella Spiers, Mark Venn, and Barbara Dunn.

Visit the Gloucester Waites website (external).



Waites playing at the Guildhall on a previous occasion.