Museum's Medieval Melodies for Christmas

Press Release: 12/12/2005

All of you needing a welcome break from frantic Christmas shopping in the High Street in Winchester on Wednesday 21 December should make for the City's Museum in the Square to hear local Medieval Band, the Winchester Waytes, perform music from the Merrie Middle Ages.

Visitors will hear Medieval, Tudor and Stuart Festive music. There will be a chance to find out all about the music and instruments of the periods; listen to the Waytes performing music using authentic instruments, and you can even join in yourself 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 festive music echoing through the museum's galleries" said Sher Kent, Visitor Services Manager of Winchester City Council's Museum Service.

Cllr. Therese Evans, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport commented, "It promises to be a great chance to escape the Christmas rush for a few minutes of musical entertainment".

The music commences on Wednesday 21 December at 11.00, 12noon, 1.30, 2.30pm and 3.30pm and 4.30pm. 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 848 269, email: or