The Oxford Waits

Edward Fitzgibbon, Tim Healey, Caroline Butler, Edwin Pritchard & Ian Giles (inset)


Caroline Butler


A 17th-Century Christmas

Holywell Music Room, Oxford

 5-piece: Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edward & Edwin

4pm & 7.30pm

Tickets £14/£12 concessions available soon from Tickets Oxford at the Oxford Playhouse

01865 305305


Kings Sutton

5-piece: Tim, Caroline, Ian, Edward & Edwin

(Further details tbc)


'Terrific entertainment’ Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

Edward Fitzgibbon

The Oxford Waits take their name from a real-life band of city musicians, known as 'waits,' who flourished in Oxford during the 17th century. Performers appear in period costume, and concerts are enlivened by street ballads, dance tunes, airs and rounds as well as readings from diarists and poets. Superb singing voices are matched by specialist skills in an array of period instruments.

A full band line-up consists of five performers, but the Oxford Waits are also represented by larger and smaller combinations of musicians, as well as by individual artists in solo recitals. The Oxford Waits are available for public concerts - and for private events too, such as banquets, fairs, themed parties, school visits, weddings and Civil War re-enactments.

Bookings: 01865 249194

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The five piece: 

Tim Healey (narrator, vocals, shawm, recorder, pandora)

Caroline Butler (vocals, baroque violin)

Edward Fitzgibbon (vocals, lute, theorbo, orpharion, tambourine)

Ian Giles (vocals, hurdy gurdy, percussion)

Edwin Pritchard (vocals, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa & hammered dulcimer)

Bagpipers Our line-up has often included a bagpiper, and over the years we have been privileged to play with Charles Spicer (a founder member), Jon Boden, Giles Lewin, Andy Letcher, Sophie Matthews and Paul Saunders.

The Oxford Waits have performed at a wealth of festivals, churches, theatres and arts centres, as well as featuring on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. In 2006 they performed before her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Opening of Oxford Castle.

For recordings, go to menu bar (top left)

For more on band members, go to menu bar (top left)

Tim and other members of the Oxford Waits presented a half hour BBC radio programme on the story of Britain's waits bands. To listen in, go to menu bar (top left): Waits on Radio 4.

For the story of the original 17th-century Oxford Waits, go to menu bar (top left): The Historic Band

What people have said...

Ian Giles

‘A great show… terrific entertainment’ Brian Kay, BBC Radio 3

‘Hugely enjoyable, great entertainment and appealing to a wide age range.'
Chris Jaeger, Speaking Volumes Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

'What an explosion of vitality... a packed audience not only loved it but raised the roof with a round performance of Great Tom is Cast.'
Hugh Vickers, Oxford Times reviewer at the Holywell Music Room

'A thoroughly delightful evening's entertainment and good fellowship'
Stratford-upon-Avon Herald (review of our show at Shakespeare's Church)

New member

Edwin Pritchard

The Oxford Waits welcome new member Edwin Pritchard, skilled on fiddle, nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy and hammered dulcimer

Tim Healey (Director)
Iffley Church, March 2014
Guy Fawkes Night at the Victoria Arms in Marston
Christmas event at the Story Museum in Oxford
The original line-up, featuring Charles Spicer


Giles Lewin & Ian Giles, two mainstays of the Swyndelstock team

Besides directing the Oxford Waits, Tim Healey also leads the mediaeval band, Swyndelstock.

See Menu (top left) for more about Swyndelstock