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

Christmas is coming! Gifts for the lutenist in your life A Lute Society membership makes a good Christmas present for any lute player, with a substantial parcel of magazines and music to present on the day, and magazines and PDFs throughout next year. Tell us it's a Christmas gift and we can send the new member's pack in an unmarked parcel, up to the last first-class posting day, and the welcome emails and PDFs last thing on Christmas Eve! contact the secretary to discuss this option. Other gifts to suit all pockets can be found at our publications page.

Beginners' lesson - 31 - Branle de Village (piece no.8 in the Lute Society’s ’70 Easy to Intermediate Pieces’), by Lynda Sayce

Issue 123 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover . See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

Next meeting: February 10, Fantasia improvisation: A joint meeting with the Lute Fantasia Improvisation Project of Geneva, with talks, masterclasses and final recital by Bor Zuljan. Come and learn how it's done, and add a new dimension at your lute playing! See meetings page for timetable.

New addition to our list of members' compositions: First book of lute lessons, plus additional fantasies, by Laudon Schuett

Global map of Lute Society members An exciting new development to help put members in touch with each other. Find out if there are other members near you with our interactive membership map

New downloads include the following recent additions:

New page covering small ads - lute music for sale.

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