About Us

Waits were groups of official musicians who worked in cities and towns from medieval times to the 18th Century. They would play for the Mayor and civic occasions, but could also knock out some popular music for the people. So that is what we do.

Jude Rees

Jude is a professional oboist and woodwind specialist with extensive experience in classical, folk, contemporary and early music. As a freelance multi-instrumentalist and sought-after session musician, Jude has worked with some of the luminaries of the British folk scene and has guested on numerous albums and live tours. She currently plays and sings regularly with BBC Radio2 Folk Award nominated Pilgrims’ Way and with Piva the Renaissance Collective.


Jude has a love of early music and historical instruments. She has played for theatre, television and radio including the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  

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Sam Goble

Sam studied cornetto for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College of Music. His studies have not only led him to explore the mute cornett, tenor cornett and cornettino, but natural trumpet and slide trumpet, historical reeds including shawms & curtals, and various types and sizes of bagpipes.


Sam directs 'The Corporation of Musick' a new and vibrant cornett and sackbut ensemble, and regularly performs and records with some of the most influential groups in Europe including Cantus Cölln, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Dufay Collective, Musica Fiata, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, I Fagiolini, and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra.


Sam is also a maker of cornetts and historical mouthpieces for brass winds.


David Jarratt-Knock


David began studying the trumpet at the age of 12 and subsequently studied privately in London with David Staff and also later at the Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire). He has a keen interest in Early music, which resulted in a determination to play the Renaissance cornetto. 

As a cornettist he is much in demand in the UK and abroad for his historically informed performances, particularly of the virtuoso Italian chamber music of the early 17th century.


He has performed with many leading ensembles, including The Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Quintessential, Ex Cathedra, and The Steinitz Bach Players. He has performed for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He performs regularly at such venues as Hampton Court Palace in London. He is a member of Piva and the Elizabethan band Diabolus in Musica, regularly works with other specialist chamber groups in the UK, and gives recitals with the organist David Dewar.

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Terry Mann (Musical Director)

Terry studied early woodwind instrument making at the London College of Furniture in the 1980s, and then took up composition at Goldsmiths where he got his PhD and also taught composition. For many years he played percussion as a dance accompanist at the Royal School of Ballet, The English National Ballet School, The Laban Centre and The Place (Home of the London Contemporary School of Dance). He now makes early woodwind instruments in his workshop near Cambridge. Meeting various like-minded players through the early music world, he decided to form the New Cambridge Waits in 2021 after enthusiastic encouragement from the

Mayor of Cambridge's office.

He plays early reeds, pipe and tabor and sackbut in the Waits, but is a multi-instrumentalist.

His instrument making site is www.terrymann.net