The York Waits: The first Noels…

Early music for Christmas and the festive season with The York Waits.

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    23 Dec

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    Copper Auditorium

    Square Chapel
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    Doors open

For the 32nd year in succession at Square Chapel, The Waits – five players plus singer Deborah Catterall – perform medieval and renaissance Christmas music on a wide range of ancient instruments, including shawms, sackbuts, recorders, crumhorns and bagpipes plus the early violin, guitar and harp. The Waits were formed in the 1970s, as a recreation of the city band of York as it was in Tudor times. The band has performed throughout the UK, in several European countries and in the USA. Its recordings have included music from the life and times of Richard III, Henry VIII and York’s most notorious citizen, Guy Fawkes. The Waits have also released several discs of early Christmas music from England and the Continent.

Doors: 11:30am
First Set: 12:00 – 12:50pm
Interval (20 mins)
Second Set: 13:10 – 14:00pm


  • You can access this space from our main entrance at the front of the building, the doors to this space are on the same level.
  • The space is usually used as our cinema and studio theatre performances.
  • This is a seated and standing space, depending on the performance.
  • There are two access seats in our Copper space.
  • To access the toilets you need to use the lift from the foyer to the ground floor where you will find our access toilet, baby changing facility and a Changing Places facility. There is also a private lift towards the back of the space where a member of staff would need to accompany you.
  • We have two parking spaces at the front of our building (just outside the Southgate entrance of The Piece Hall) and two spaces down the side of our building just off Square Road. These spaces are available for Square Chapel customers and you must book spaces in advance of your visit, and display a blue badge.
  • Booking the access parking spaces means you will enter the building from our stage door area and will need to use the lift to take you to the foyer, kitchen, bar and Copper space.
  • Blue badge holders can reserve a parking space by emailing details of the car reg, make, model, colour, name of the owner, and date of time of performance attending. Email
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