The Lute Society: Meetings


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Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Next quarterly meeting

September 9, Original Instruments day, late lutes and early guitars: at the Dutch Church.

Admission free; all welcome, tickets for the final recital on the door at 4.00 pm. No need to book, just turn up.

Our late summer meeting will feature the dual attractions of lots of live music, from a notably youthful roster of talent, and the chance to hear more original historical instruments. Taro Takeuchi brings an old Tielke lute and presents further researches on the ‘modern lutes’ of Regency England, while Peter Lay brings and plays some historic guitars. We will hear a new work played by Matt Wadwsorth, and young artists Richard Mackenzie, Ryaan Ahmed, Toby Carr and Vinicius Perez. Truly a meeting to unite the lute’s past and its future!

  • 10.30 Coffee
  • 11.00 The ‘Lute’ and its Music, c. 1800: focusing on a converted Tielke lute, a talk, and demonstration of an original instrument by Taro Takeuchi
  • 12.00 Mini-recital, a new work for theorbo by Steve Goss, played by Matt Wadsworth
  • 12.30 Mini-recital ‘Tombeaux, a secular requiem for my father’ played by Richard Mackenzie
  • 1.00 Lunch
  • 2.30 Mini-recital of theorbo and baroque guitar duets, played by Ryaan Ahmed and Toby Carr
  • 3.00 An Accidental Collection, Peter Lay plays and discusses some of his collection of historic guitars
  • 4.00 Home-made cake, tea and wine
  • 4.30 The Lute Society Recital: The Galant Lute, Vinicius Perez plays lute music from the last days of the lute

If you are booking an advance train ticket, our recitals usually end around 5.45 pm, and always by 6.00 pm, when we vacate the hall.

Future meetings in 2017

September 18–21, Benslow lute song course with Jacob Heringman and John Potter

November 18, Mediaeval lutes day: Jacob Mariani on reconstructing the cetra, Jose Luis Pastor talk and recital, and Matthew Spring talk on early lute and keyboard tablature. Brian Wright and singers, mini-recital of Christmas music, Musica Natalis 6, Massimo Marchese mini-recital, presentation of hire theorbo made by David van Edwards’ summer school students.

Pictures from recent meetings

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