The Lute Society: Home Page

 

Welcome to The Lute Society's website

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.

News

Christmas is coming! We now publish editions of carols for lute and voice, and in arrangements for one or two lutes; on sale catalogue under 'songs', 'contemporary compositions' and 'duets'. Christmas gifts for the lutenist in your life! A membership makes a nice Xmas gift; we can send a welcome pack of music addressed to the giver, to make a nice gift on Christmas day, and send welcome email and PDFs on Christmas Eve. Our lute manuscript facsimiles and other editions also make good gifts - prices to suit every pocket; visit our catalogue.

Issue 111 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover - and the ezine. See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

Next meeting: Come, see and hear Mace's lute dyphone - push-me-pull-you double-ended lute, the wonder of the age! - see meetings for details.

Now available! Anthony Rooley and Evelyn Tubb's CD 'Orphan Wailings'; a major contribution to the contemporary lute song repertoire, on sale on our catalogue page - also some other excellent recordings, as advertised in Lute News.

Beginners' lesson - 20 - Das Unse Grete - piece number 62 from The Lute Society's '114 Early to Intermediate Pieces, by Lynda Sayce.

Stephen Gottlieb, lute maker filmed in his workshop in 1979 for the BBC In the Making Series - video now available.

Summer school listings have now been updated - no fewer than 65 residential courses with lute tutors all over Europe and beyond, from May to November. Choose your lute holiday, or let us know of any we've missed! summer school listings

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.

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.

For previous news items, see Old news

Recent pages on this website

New Music Editions

See our catalogue for details and to purchase online:

- Christmas carols for lute and voice, volume 3 in Brian Wright's Musica Natalis series
- Complete works of Marco dall'Aquila
- New stock of CDs, as reviewed and advertised in Lute News
- New works by Gilbert Isbin
- Fun merchandise! Fridge magnets with Old Master paintings of lutes

Listings and services

As well as our online shop where you can purchase our publications, our website contains a number of listings of lutes for sale, makers, teachers, publishers, summer schools and other links.

Contact the secretary

The Secretary, Christopher Goodwin
Southside Cottage, Brook Hill, Albury
Guildford, England GU5 9DJ
Tel: (+44/0)1483 202159
Fax: (+44/0)1483 203088

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