The Kings Waits

The Kings Waits are a group of musicians specialising in medieval and renaissance music. Performing in both contemporary and authentic period costumes and playing between them over 40 different early instruments.

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Set List / Repertoire

A range of music from the Medieval and Elizabethan period.

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The Kings Waits play on a wide range of fascinating instruments from a selection of 40 including the Lute Crumhorn Flute, Racket, Shawm, Psaltery, and of course the Nakers - it is a double drum, honest ! The picture below shows the full range.

Based in the beautiful Medieval city of Norwich, Tony and Jane form the core of The Kings Waits providing anything from background music to a full evening's entertainment.

Over the years they have found themselves performing at very wide variety of venues, with events ranging from a supper for 10 to a banquet for 300. Every event is different and the idea behind The Kings Waits is to provide a very flexible entertainment package.

The Kings Waits have performed for a wide range of clients at an equally wide range of venues. The following is a list of some of these clients and venues from the past three years:

The British Museum
Queens College Cambridge
Norwich and Peterborough
Best Western Hotels
Ashdown Park Hotel
The OCS Group
Hinchingbrooke House
Great Holland Hall
Barnsdale Country Club
St. Peters Brewery
Orton Hall
Maids Head Hotel
Dunston Hall Hotel
The Co-op
Peterborough Cathedral
Fynn Valley Golf Club
British Army
Territorial Army
The Ash
Joe Public
Women's Institute
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

From castle to country house, hotel to marquee, medieval banquets have proved to be an ever popular way to enjoy a great meal with a difference. Entering the banqueting hall, decked out with shields and flowing banners, it's long tables set out with candle and finery, there can be no question that all are set to have a goodly time.

A wedding reception with a Medieval or Elizabethan theme is the perfect way to celebrate the event with just the right balance of grace and informality. The Kings Waits have performed at many of these happy occasions and they have always found them to be great fun, avoiding some of the 'stuffiness' that can come with a conventional reception. They can also provide music and song for the marriage service. If you are getting married in one of the countries beautiful medieval churches we will recreate the atmosphere of times past providing a spectacle that every one will remember.

A medieval feast at the end of a long conference session is the ideal way to let your hair down and really get to know your colleagues. The Kings Waits will provide an evening's music and entertainment. But what about a more unusual event, they once provided early morning music for a working breakfast with a local chamber of commerce, the delegates, along with the local radio station, thought it a great idea. Or you may want to kick of a promotional event with the music of The Kings Waits, our costume and unusual instruments always attract attention and if they are looking at them they will be seeing you.


Default lineup: 2 members

Duo: with a selection of 25 various medieval instruments, without harp, less percussion
Optional Trio: with a selection of all 40 instruments (please see booking options).

Please note: The King Waits no longer perform in traditional costume.

Performance Times

2 x 60 minutes sets

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3 x 60 minutes sets

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Price from £457 + travel from Norfolk

Based on 2 members performing 3 x 60 minute sets

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13 Customer Reviews

Performance quality: 5 stars
Sound quality: 5 stars
Behaviour: 5 stars
Communication: 5 stars
Audience engagement: 5 stars
Value for money: 5 stars
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5 stars - The Kings Waits are Highly Recommended
booked The Kings Waits for their Wedding in Essex May 2023

“They provided the perfect accompaniment to our wedding reception in a Tudor manor house. An amazing atmospheric welcome as we entered the garden with our guests for the drinks reception followed by beautiful unobtrusive background music during our meal and lively dances afterwards. The day could not have gone better and was enhanced beyond all dreams. A huge thank you to the Kings Waits.”

Amazing musicians with beautiful music!

5 stars - The Kings Waits are Highly Recommended
booked The Kings Waits for their Wedding in Staffordshire

“The Kings Waits came to perform and provide music at our wedding on 14th October 2020. They played beautifully and the music really made the day! Even with COVID-19 restrictions in place they came along, played as requested and really set the day off. The arranged sets were amazing and the sound left all our guests talking about it all day and night. Jane and Tony are truly talented at what they do and we would book them again in a heartbeat. Thank you for everything guys!”

Nothing was to much trouble, he delivered 110%

5 stars - The Kings Waits are Highly Recommended
booked The Kings Waits for their event

“This performer is an absolute professional - he has obviously taken time and effort to put together his songs, costumes and apperance and once in performance mode delivers a memorable evening. He is also easy to talk to and was polite and grateful for what we could do for him. I hope our efforts to make him comfortable were good enough! Children were not a problem and I hope he enjoyed our help in singing with him. Nothing was to much trouble, he delivered 110%. Have no problem in reccomending the agency or the artist to anyone planning an event. Thank you all.”

Thanks for helping us to book The Kings Waits. They were great. Punctual, easy g...

5 stars - The Kings Waits are Highly Recommended
booked The Kings Waits for their Wedding at Drayton House in Northamptonshire

“Thanks for helping us to book The Kings Waits. They were great. Punctual, easy going, flexible and altogether great.”

They were the best musicians I have had the pleasure to see.

5 stars - The Kings Waits are Highly Recommended
booked The Kings Waits for their Wedding in Hampshire

“They were the best musicians I have had the pleasure to see. They worked extremely hard to give us exactly what we wanted. Everyone at the wedding commented on The Kings Waits and how they added to enjoyment of the day. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who has a similar event. A truly exceptional couple and a pleasure to work with.”

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