The Warwickshire Music Waits is a unique group which offers young musicians the experience of playing the energetic music of the renaissance band repertoire.
Youth Waits has played in a variety of venues across Warwickshire including Middleton Hall, Warwick Hall and the Lord Leycester Hospital. Further afield they has given performances at Canons Ashby (National Trust) and Lichfield Guildhouse, and the Early Music Exhibition at Greenwich.
In 2017 they performed at Warwick Castle and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in addition to their summer tour.
The instrumental range includes violins, viols, recorders, cornetts, sackbuts, crumhorns, cornamuses, shawms, percussion, harp, rebec and voice. The County has an outstanding collection of renaissance instruments for students to use.
The director, Alison Kinder, a skilled viol and recorder player, has performed with several groups both nationally and internationally in the early music field.
Director: Alison Kinder
Age range: 13 – 21
Standard: Grade 6+
Rehearsals: Selected Sundays 4:00-6:00pm - Coten End Music Workshop, Warwick, CV34 4NP
Membership and Joining Information: Admission is by recommendation. Candidates should be between the ages of 13 and 21 (applications from younger, able children will be considered if appropriate) and of a standard equivalent to Grade 6 on a modern instrument, although versatility and ability on several instruments (including voice) contribute to the qualities needed for membership of this group. Previous experience of early music is desirable but not essential, but applicants should have a keen interest in historical performance. A good technique and an aptitude to pick up new skills quickly are the characteristics needed to be a successful player of early music at this level.