Seasonal music at Beverley, East Yorkshire, food festival

York Waits, who are performing at the Beverley Christmas Festival of Food and Drink
York Waits, who are performing at the Beverley Christmas Festival of Food and Drink

MEDIEVAL music and classical singing will set the seasonal scene at Beverley Christmas Festival of Food and Drink.

Medieval and Renaissance style musicians York Waits and classical singers Ti Amero are all set to perform at the Beverley Christmas Festival of Food and Drink tomorrow (Saturday November 24).

The York Waits will play a fanfare when the festival is officially opened by the Mayor of Beverley, Councillor Margaret Pinder, and Vicar of Beverley Minster, the Rev Jeremy Fletcher, at 10am, and will continue to play throughout the morning.

The musicians will also give a talk at the event at 11am, giving information about the origins and traditions of Waits music in the UK.

Classical pop quartet Ti Amero will also be setting the seasonal scene by performing a variety of Christmas songs, as well as some Italian and Spanish arias. The four tenors will be singing at regular intervals throughout the afternoon, with a grand finale beginning at 3pm.

Beverley Brass Band will be entertaining shoppers with a medley of Christmas music from 1pm. The free to attend festive food event will be held inside the Minster from 10am to 3.30pm, featuring a variety of food and drink stalls promoting local producers, as well as cookery demonstrations, food and drink tastings and family entertainment.

The festival has been organised by Beverley Town Council to promote local foods and crafts, supporting the highly popular Beverley Food Festival, which is held in October.

Vicar of Beverley Minster, Rev Jeremy Fletcher, was delighted when he was asked to open the church to the festival.

“For hundreds of years markets were held inside churches. Not only were they the centre and beating heart of every community, but they were also warm and dry!” he said.

“It is lovely to be able to continue those traditions as well as supporting local crafts a nd food producers. Having the festival inside the Misnter is an excellent idea and it’s a great way to start the build up to Christmas.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to what we hope will be the first of many such annual events.”