The Topping Tooters of the Town: Music of the London Waits 1580-1650 | Avie AV2364

The Topping Tooters of the Town: Music of the London Waits 1580-1650


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Label: Avie

Cat No: AV2364

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th October 2017



The City Musick, directed by William Lyons, replicates the thriving 16th- and 17th-century wind band, the London Waits, with dulcians, cornets, sackbuts and shawms evoking the era’s civic events, theatrical productions and liturgical services.

The band’s sound is replicated on this release by the modern-day namesake the City Musick directed by foremost expert in the field William Lyons (who is also director of the Grammy-nominated Dufay Collective). The City Musick was formed to explore the diverse repertoire of civic and court wind players in 16th- and 17th-century Europe and is now firmly established as the premier renaissance wind band in the UK.

After its debut USA tour in 2009, including a performance at the reconstructed Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, the ensemble has performed for traditional feasts and ceremonies in the City of London, at the York Early Music Festival, and in Florence and Antwerp. The City Musick made their BBC Proms debut in 2012 with a performance of Venetian music in collaboration with I Fagiolini. The resulting Decca recording and that of the Striggio Mass, also involving the ensemble, have both met with great critical acclaim.

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