Wyldes Noyse

Who else made music in Tudor times?

The Waits were the only people allowed to play music to make money in most towns in Tudor times but the King and some of the richest noblemen employed their own musicians to play at their houses. Rich people would often play a consort of viols - like violins and 'cellos - and the family and the servants would often play together. Nearly everyone played for fun - remember there were no recordings, so the only way to hear music was to get someone to play some or do it yourself. Ordinary people would sing, and make music with any instruments they could get hold of, using pots and pans for drums. There were also a lot of musicians working for the big churches - composing, playing and singing for services.

King Henry VIII's Wind Band   A family playing viols