Museum's medieval melodies

Take a welcome break from frantic Christmas shopping in Winchester's High Street on Saturday 4 December and make your way to the City's Museum, located in the Square, where local medieval band, the Winchester Waytes will be entertaining listeners with music from the Merrie Middle Ages.

Visitors will enjoy a show and tell performance, with the chance to find out all about the music and instruments of the period, listen to the Waytes performing music using authentic instruments, and even join in themselves playing replica medieval percussion and wind instruments.

There will be an opportunity to listen to and examine the City's replica moot horn, heard at important events in Winchester, and maybe to try to sound your own alarm call!

The impressive original 12th century bronze moot horn, along with bone flutes and tuning pegs from actual medieval musical instruments discovered in Winchester, can be seen during your visit.

"This should be a really interesting afternoon for all the family with authentic medieval music echoing through the museum's medieval Winchester gallery" said Sher Kent, Visitor Services Manager of Winchester City Council's Museum Service. "It promises to be great chance to escape the Christmas rush for a few minutes of musical entertainment".

The music commences on Saturday 4 December 2004 at 1.00 pm, lasting until 5.00pm, at the City Museum, The Square, Winchester. Admission to this event is free and no booking is required. Just turn up!

For more information contact: Winchester Museum Service on 01962 848269, e-mail: or