The Lute Society can help put you in touch with a lutenist to meet your needs. See also our interactive membership map.
You can look for a professional player in your area for yourself, on our Register of Teachers page. Or you can contact the secretary to discuss your needs. If you are need to engage a player for a concert, or for film or TV work, or for playing background music at a wedding, public event or function, we will need to know the date, time, and place of the engagement, what your budget is for fee plus travelling expenses, and the dress code (eg. historic costume, concert black, or evening dress), and - important in the case of background music - whether the venue has a PA, or whether the player should bring their own amplification. If you are looking for a lute song duo, we can probably suggest one, and if there is a famous player you wish to engage for a concert and cannot find their personal webpage on the internet, we may have their contact details. If the services of a good amateur or semi-professional would probably suffice, we can appeal to our general membership; some players will play without payment, in the case of a charity event, historical re-enactment etc.
If you are a singer looking for a lute accompanist, we can help you to find one, please contact the secretary. Besides your name, contact details, and whereabouts you live, potential accompanists will need to know your voice type (operatic, trained, natural, soprano, alto etc.), which repertoire you wish to explore, and whether it is for a professional or amateur concert or just for fun. We can circulate your request to our membership, or put a note on the wanted page of Lute News magazine.
Good ways to meet up with other players are at our meetings or summer schools, but if you contact the secretary we can also put an appeal for a duet partner in our regular 'round robin' email concert notices, or put a note on the wanted page of our website, Please indicate you level of playing, and of course where you live. Don't forget to join our Facebook group too.
Some sort of lessons are always to be recommended, and teachers are friendly so don't be shy about contacting the teachers on the register of teachers. If you live in a remote location, some teachers offer lessons by Skype. Good ways to meet up with other players are at our meetings or summer schools, but if you are looking for a friendly non-professional player - see our Lute buddies scheme. The secretary can also appeal for buddies both through our weekly round robin email, or can email players in your postcode district, town or county. Don't forget to join our Facebook group too.