Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church



AnonymousMusic for Ceremony


The City Musick

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Programme Note

William Lyons shawm, recorderbagpipes Nicholas Perry shawm, cornett, recorder, bagpipes
Sarah Humphrys shawm, recorder Richard Thomas cornett, recorderbagpipes
Gawain Glenton cornettrecorder George Bartle sackbut, voice Tom Lees sackbut

‘These are the topping tooters of the town, and have gowns, silver chains, and salaries, for playing “Lilliburlero” to my Lord Mayor's horse through the city.' Join us for a celebration of the music of the ‘waits’ – urban musicians who were famed in London for artistry and skills on a par with those at the court. Waits were wind players first and foremost, ‘Topping Tooters’ who played on cornetts, sackbuts, recorders and bagpipes. The concert contains music for ceremony, civic procession, sophisticated masques and theatre pieces as well as popular dances and songs for performance in a tavern and communal halls.

The City Musick

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