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Alan Radford's main hobby is early music. He re-established the Leeds Waits, the official town musicians (1530- 1834) in 1983, subsequently receiving official recognition by Leeds City Council. Copies of the Waits badges of 1627, from the City Silver Collection, illustrated here, are worn when performing.

When not on official duties for the Borough (now City of course), the Waits perform at stately homes around the region, such as Temple Newsam, Kirkstall Abbey, Bolsover Castle, Nunnington Hall, Fountains Abbey, Hoghton Tower, Ordsall Hall, York Castle, Astley Hall etc., for organisations such as English Heritage and The National Trust. The Waits have also broadcast on radio and television. They also have twenty years experience of playing for historical dance groups including White Rose of Huddersfield and Capriol Historical Dance Group of Oldham.

This illustration shows the Leeds Waits in their blue and gold livery, with me third from the left, on a 353rd anniversary performance of their Christmas Eve entertainment for Sir Arthur Ingram and his household at Temple Newsam, Leeds, in 1993.

In March 1996 the Waits performed at the Royal Opening of the new Royal Armouries Museum, en event broadcast live on BBC Radio.

Musical publications by Alan have included "A Fragmentary History of the Leeds Waits" (the history of the Leeds Waits from 1531 to 1835) and "The Regimental Fife Book", a collection of fife tunes suitable for seventeenth century military re-enactors.). In preparation is a collection of John Playford's English country dances, with the music arranged for Cornish bagpipes.

For a history of the original Leeds Waits, see here.

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