As quoted in Christopher Marsh's book, "Music and Society in Early Modern England"
(Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 1107610249, 9781107610248.)
: The waits played for the proclamation of the accession of King James I.
Item to the iij. Wayts of the Towne at Seynt George is tide vis viijd at Midsomer for theyr waytyng upon the Meyer xxs at Mighelmas iijs and iij. gownys conteyning xii. yards at iiijs the yard xlviijs iijli xvijs viijd.
From: 'Chapter 2: Origin of the town dues', Bristol Town Duties: A collection of original and interesting documents [etc.] (1828), pp. 43-83.
An interesting oddity relating to waits in Bristol:
Guild of Guardians honour young musicians (Release date: Mon, 25 June 2012)
Six young Bristol musicians will be honoured today (Monday 25 June) for their contribution to the good name of the city through 'City Waits' awards from the Guild of Guardians of Bristol.
The 'City Waits' are £750 bursaries awarded annually for outstanding music making in the city. The name dates back to medieval times when Bristol employed four minstrels to provide entertainment on key state or civil occasions.
Four special £400 awards from the Guild of Guardians are being made this year to help young musicians gain extra training or meet exam fees. Two City Waits awards of £750 in recognition of a very high standard of musicianship. Many previous City Waits recipients have gone on to become professional musicians.
The awards are administered by Bristol's Arts and Music Service and will be made at the Mansion House by the Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Peter Main.
He said: "I am proud to honour these outstanding musicians, it is right that we celebrate their incredible talent"
1. The Guild of Guardians is a registered charity that aims to improve the quality of civic life in Bristol. It works in partnership with the council to support and enhance the Mansion House and Office of Lord Mayor.
2. The "City Waits" awards are thought to be named after an instrument that was an early form of an oboe.
3. The recipients of the awards are:
Guild of Guardian awards:
Demi Hartry, a 13 year old vocalist from Henbury Secondary School. She is in the school choir and the Big Idea Theatre School.
Thea Berry, who plays the French Horn for the Bristol Schools Symphonic Brass Ensemble and the Bristol Schools Philharmonia. She attends the North Bristol Sixth Form Centre at Cotham School.
Carlos Rogriguez, a 12 year old violist from Cotham School. He plays with many school groups and the Bristol Schools Philharmonia.
Tegwen Hammersley, a 12 year old harpist from Cotham School. She plays with the Bristol Schools Philharmonia.
City Waits awards:
Charlie Woof-Byrne is a 15 year old student with Bristol Cathedral Choir School who specialises in the violin and piano. He plays in a wide range of ensembles and orchestras in Bristol and has performed as a soloist at the Colston Hall and St George's.
Mathew Horn attends Brinsham Green School and is a student with the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. He plays the French horn and has a scholarship at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama starting in September to help him peruse a career as a professional musician.
(Source: Bristol City Council - http://www.bristol.gov.uk/press/children-and-young-people/guild-guardians-honour-young-musicians)
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