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Added to website: 6 September 2011
Early Music Concerts at The Saltaire Festival

Organised by The Early Music Shop
Salts Mill, Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LA

Tickets for both concerts are available on the door or in advance
from The Early Music Shop Tel. 01274 288100

This year’s Saltaire Festival features 2 Early Music concerts and the opportunity for visitors to see and hear these unusual instruments played by leading musicians.
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Friday 9th September at 7.30pm – Duo Dorado

Hazel Brooks and David Pollock, better known as the dynamic Duo Dorado, will charm the audience at Salts Mill with music from the baroque era. Performing on violin, viola ‘amore and harpsichord their concerts are often described as ‘visually stunning’ and frequently elicit standing ovations. For more information on Duo Dorado visit

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Saturday 10th September at 7.30pm - The York Waits

Taking their name from the ancient city band of York, the earliest evidence for which we find in 14th century records. Before they turned to music full time the waits had been night watchmen and, although their guard duties diminished, they continued to keep the night watches in the weeks leading up to Christmas, playing at various points to mark the hours and wake the citizens. In York as in many towns, they were employed by the Lord Mayor as the city’s own band of musicians, paid and liveried by the corporation to play on public occasions. The band is known to have been in continuous existence for at least five hundred years until abolition in 1836.

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Today’s York Waits have revived the band as it was in its heyday in the 16th century, playing a wide repertoire of period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes.

Like their predecessors they play upon a noyse of shawms, ancestors of the oboe-bassoon family, and characteristic instruments of waits before 1600. They also play cornett, saggbut, and curtal, flutes, recorders great and small, crumhorns, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lute and cittern.
By creating a replica band of waits, not only in their instruments and costumes, but also in their performing style, The York Waits have attempted to remove the music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created.

For more information on The York Waits visit

More about the Early Music Shop in Salts Mill
Since packing up their showroom in Manningham Lane and relocating to a more spacious and easily accessible showroom at Salts Mill, (located at the rear of Salts Mill, ground level) the Early Music Shop (formerly Woods Music Shop) has been filling Saltaire with the sounds of wonderful early instruments such as harps, recorders, lutes, harpsichords and viols whist continuing to stock a wide selection of sheet music tutor books, ABRSM exam material, CDs and Accessories.

The Early Music Shop Tel. 01274 288100


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