The Lute Society, now nearly 60 years old, exists to promote the lute and its music. Members get a new member's pack of 100 pages of lute music, a quarterly magazine, Lute News, with music supplement, an annual journal, The Lute, discounts on our growing range of publications and other benefits. Even if you can't make it to our meetings, playing days, and residential weekends in Britain, joining is an excellent way of building up your music library, and keeping in touch with other lute players, and with news in the lute world.
Summer school listings have now been updated - no fewer than 65 residential courses with lute tutors all over Europer and beyond, from May to November. Choose your lute holiday, or let us know of any we've missed! summer school listings
Lute society summer party, Saturday 5th July. Members are warmly invited to The Lute Society Summer Party, which will take place at 6.30 pm, on Saturday 5th July. Yet again John and Joyce Reeve are throwing open their beautiful home and garden to us, and generously supplying food and drink. Further details and directions.
Beginners' lesson 18 - Hast Du Mich Genumen, Judenkünig part of our beginners lessons by Lynda Sayce.
A catalogue of our collection of vinyl records is now uploaded. Some items can be lent to members on request.
The Lute Society Microfilm Collection currently has 424 reels of film containing 337 unique items of music or musical theory. This has now been re-catalogued for the benefit of scholars and researchers. See microfilm catalogue for details, - now updated with following a recent generous donation of microfilms by Peter Trent.
A new addition to our members' compositions collection - a set of 3 lute songs for soprano and renaissance lute by David Braid.
Saturday April 26, come and try the koboz! Try your hand at the Hungarian short-necked folk lute, under the direction of Geza Fabri, Hungary's finest player, in a pleasant domestic setting in Hackney. Instrument and lunch provided. Come and join us for a Hungarian concert afterwards at the Idler Academy, idler.co.uk/academy/. Contact the secretary if interested.
Saturday May 10, Herbert of Cherbury day at the Dutch church, London. To mark the forthcoming publication of our facsimile of the last great English renaissance lute manuscript, owned by a 17th century lute-playing lord, we will have talks from leading authorities and the book, and veritable feast of music from the book; recitals from Martin Eastwell, Richard Mackenzie, Peter Martin, and Willem Mook; see the timetable on our meetings page.
Looking for a lute player, accompanist, duet partner, or beginner's 'buddy'? We can help you find a lute player in your area, or for your special event (wedding, banquet, advert etc). We are also starting up a lute buddying scheme to put new players in touch with lute buddies in their area.