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.


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!

Next meeting, London, Saturday 14th November with talks from Chris Page, on new evidence from the archives concerning lutes and guitars in England, 1550-1650, and Franco Pavan on the Milanese lutenists, and mini-recitals from Brian Wright with singers, and Massimo Marchese , the final recital of the afternoon being given by Franco Pavan, who will play music by Francesco da Milano; see meetings for timetable. Here are some photos of some of the performers (click for larger image):

Issue 114 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 - 22 - Larouse - piece number 13 from The Lute Society's '58 very easy pieces', by Lynda Sayce.

Holidays with your lute! See our newly updated lute summer school listings - more than 70 residential holidays for lute players.

Beginners' lessons - now with links to online sound files! Now you can find links to recordings by Jacob Heringman and David van Ooijen to accompany most of Lynda Sayce's lute lessons for beginners - hear what the pieces are meant to sound like!

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.

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

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.

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