The Lute Society: Home Page

Welcome to The Lute Society's website

The Lute Society, now 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

Issue 117 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.

Beginners' lesson - 25 - La Bassa Della Ninfe (piece number 12 from '40 Easy to Early Intermediate pieces')

Next meeting, London, Saturday 7th May at the Dutch Church: AGM, a mini-recital on 12-course lute, and talk on messy manuscripts by Evan Plommer, a talk on the Emilian lutenists, and on her theorbo tutor, and a recital of Italian archlute music by Francesco Torelli, talk and mini-recital by John Reeve on his original 17th century lute; see meetings for full timetable.

Members' compositions page - updated with Tombeau for Theo, by Wilfred Foxe.

Leighton Tears - Leighton's Tears (1614) for mixed consort and/or voices, edited by Djilda Segerman, now available as a free download on our website.

The Lute Society Summer Party will take place in Maidenhead, Berkshire on Saturday 2nd July, contact the secretary for details.

A playing day will take place in Hackney, London, on Saturday 9th July, contact the secretary for details.

There is also a specialised lute song event at Benslow later in the year, with Jacob Heringman and John Potter, 19th-22nd September, for which booking will open nearer the time at www.benslowmusic.org.

The Lute Online Resources Portal is now live. Most websites mentioned in the last 15 years of Lute News now have links there, and some of the pages are reasonably complete. Others have only sample content - particularly the composers and sources pages - new material will be added to these each day. You are warmly invited to send in interesting links you think we have missed - let's build a Grand Universal Lute Portal!

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