Sylvesta the Jester is official jester to the city of Leicester and a Founding Member of the National Guild of Jesters.
Sylvesta can run a medieval banquet on his own, providing foolery, music and song. He meets’n’greets guests while playing medieval tunes on the mandola, while they have pre-banquet drinks. He then leads them into the banqueting hall, where he sets up a mock court situation, complete with king and queen, or lord and lady, involving much pageantry.
He will wander around tables, joking, playing medieval type music and singing songs, performing comedy routines and improvising. At the end of the evening, he will produce a guitar ( if required ) and regale guests with more modern songs, encouraging them to sing and play along on percussion instruments which he will hand out.
He is also able to make announcements if required. The guests often dress in medieval attire. Medieval banquets can come in the guise of corporate, friend and family, or public events. He has performed these at castles, manor houses, hotels, marquee, town and village halls, churches and military establishments, including Dover, Hurst Monceaux, Tutbury, Ripley and Belvoir Castles, and the Natural History Museum. He has also set up banquets for children at primary schools during their lunch time.
As for banquets but without the ritual, unless required. Some people do actually have medieval banquet type weddings. He can sing an Elizabethan wedding song, written by one of Queen Elizabeth’s composers, George Campion during the service if required. Sylvesta entertains both adults and children at weddings.
Usually, birthdays, wedding anniversaries or society balls. As for weddings but without the wedding song. This has included Richard Branson’s Knighthood receiving party at the Rooftop Garden Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.
Fetes, Fairs, Festivals, Fun Days, Club and Federation Events
Sylvesta is a master of mix’n’mingle entertaining both children and adults. He can also put on shows for kids, lasting 30 – 45 minutes.
These have included Glastonbury, Trowbridge, Sidmouth, Pontardawe and Cambridge Folk Festivals, Leamington Peace Festival, Hampton Court, Prince Charles’ Polo Club, Warwick Castle and Cheltenham Races. the National Federation of Sidecar Owner Annual Camp, the Harley Davidson National Federation Annual Camp and the N.E.C.
Sylvesta is sometimes booked at schools, where he will tell them about jesters of old and entertain them.
Town and City Charter Celebrations
These have included Birmingham, Stockport, Chelmsford and Rotherham.
Living History Events
These include the Berkeley Castle Skirmish, Lincoln Castle, the town of Battle and Harewood House. [more]
Sylvesta regularly gives talks, entitled ‘Life And Times Of A Jester ‘ for groups such as the W.I. and U3A, when he will explain,what he does, when and where. How he became a jester. Some potted history of jesters of old, mixed with entertainment.
Sylvesta has recently put together jester school activities, which he has tried out at the Brockhampton Estate, which is a national trust site. These have been a big hit with children, parents, staff and management. At Jester School, he will talk about the history of jesters, set up some medieval type games, show children how to juggle and put on shows for kids.
Other events that Sylvesta performs at include Turning On of Christmas Lights, Entertaining Father Christmas queues and Teddy Bears’ Picnics.
Sylvesta has entertained abroad in Ireland, Guernsey and Sri Lanka, at the Transasia 5 star Hotel, for four nights. He has also entertained on a flight to Lapland, entertaining children visiting the real Father Christmas. He has also appeared on TV and radio on many occasions. He also entertains children and adults with learning difficulties.
Folk Opera – a Minstrel’s Tale
A Minstrel’s Tale was performed in Leicester Cathedral to an audience of 200, as part of Leicester’s Castle Park History Festival .It was very well received by an ecstatic and enthusiastic crowd. Unfortunately, although invites were sent out nobody came to review it, even the local newspaper the Leicester Mercury failed to turn up. However,it was captured on DVD and can be viewed, either in full or edited on YouTube.