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

Lute society summer party, Saturday 5th July. You are warmly invited to The Lute Society Summer Party, which will take place at 6.30 pm, on Saturday 5th July. Yet again John and
Joyce Reeve are throwing open their beautiful home and garden to us, and generously supplying food and drink. Further details and directions.

Next meeting: Spring meeting at the Dutch church, Saturday 10th May: Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s lute book, - see meetings for details.

Beginners' lesson 19 - The Owld Man part of our beginners lessons by Lynda Sayce.

Issue 108 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 18 - Hast Du Mich Genumen, Judenkünig part of our beginners lessons by Lynda Sayce.

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.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday April 26, come and try the koboz! Try your hand at the Hungarian short-necked folk lute, under the direction of Geza Fabri, Hungary's finest player, in a pleasant domestic setting in Hackney. Instrument and lunch provided. Come and join us for a Hungarian concert afterwards at the Idler Academy, idler.co.uk/academy/. Contact the secretary if interested.

Saturday May 10, Herbert of Cherbury day at the Dutch church, London. To mark the forthcoming publication of our facsimile of the last great English renaissance lute manuscript, owned by a 17th century lute-playing lord, we will have talks from leading authorities and the book, and veritable feast of music from the book; recitals from Martin Eastwell, Richard Mackenzie, Peter Martin, and Willem Mook; see the timetable on our meetings page.

Some photos from lutefest 2013 at Benslow are now uploaded - see Photo Gallery Events

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

New pages on this website

New Music Editions

See our catalogue for details and to purchase online:

  • Bach for Baroque Lute
  • Newsidler's Das Erst Buch, now with CD
  • Drawing of historic lutes, comprehensive restoration reports and rose drawings by Paul Thomson
  • Brian Wright, Six Nostalgic Interludes for Baroque Lute
  • Gilbert Isbin, Poems, 20 compositions for solo lute
  • Fun merchandise! Tea towel and 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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