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"I saw the audience faces change from surprise to delight soon after you started!"
Val Haines, Hadleigh Folk and Acoustic Music Nights.

The modern Colchester Waits play reproductions of the instruments of our forebears - shawms, trumpets, sackbutts, cornetts, lysards, bagpipes, recorders, gemshorns, fiddles and more. We perform vibrant historical music with a sense of history, enthusiasm and fun. We wear the livery of a 16th century band but our musical tastes range from the early Middle Ages to the present day and we do our best to provide a fitting tune for any occasion. We also regularly perform alongside Colchester Historical Dance to demonstrate the dance music of the 15th-17th Centuries.

The Waits have become a regular fixture at Hedingham Castle on bank holiday weekends, at the Colchester Medieval Festival, Brightlingsea Cinq Ports procession and Witham Medieval Fayre. This year we've also got performances on our books for Filkcon and Young Archeologists Colchester as well as the launch concert for our new CD: Playing About the Town. See our diary page for details of these and our other events.

We are always open to new members and are currently on the lookout for a percussionist and a trombonist/sackbut player. We rehearse monthly on Friday nights (usually the first Friday of the month). If you are interested in joining or booking the band please get in touch with Musical Director Lizzie Gutteridge.

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