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.


Holidays with your lute! See our newly updated lute summer school listings - nearly 60 residential holidays for lute players.

Next meeting: Saturday 9th May, AGM, talk and recital of baroque lute duets by Jean-Marie Poirier and Thierry Meunier, illustrated talk and Vincenzo Galiliei by Zak Ozmo - see meetings for details.

Benslow Lutefest March 26th-29th, extended to three days by popular demand! Book early to avoid disappointment! or

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!

Issue 112 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 - 21 - Canson Englesa/Lusty Gallant - piece number 47 from The Lute Society's '58 very easy pieces', by Lynda Sayce.

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.

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