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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).
SPRING MEETING, SATURDAY 6th MAY
at the Dutch Church London
At our forthcoming meeting we look forward to a treat we have not enjoyed in a while: a concert of lute and harpsichord duets. We also welcome back Yavor Genov to discuss and play music from the Wurstisen lute book, and continue our perennial theme of historic insttument show-and-tell events, with the chance to hear a restored Sellas guitar with an original soundboard. And Sam Brown, a rising star among recitalists, discusses the composer John Danyel and his poet brother Samuel Danyel.
12.00 Music, Poetry and the Jacobean elite: John Danyel and his brother Samuel, a talk by Sam Brown
2.15 The music of the Wurstisen lute book, an illustrated talk by Yavor Genov
3.15 A Sellas guitar with original soundboard demonstrated by the owner, Bernhard Hofstoetter, and restorer Alexander Batov
4.00 Home-made cake, tea and wine
4.30 The Lute Society Recital, Sam Brown and Nathaniel Mander perform lute and harpsichord duets
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.
Saturday 3rd June, playing day Huntingdonshire contact the secretary for details.
Saturday 24th June, annual summer party Maidenhead, Berkshire, music from Peter Martin, Toby Carr, Wezi Elliott, contact the secretary for details.
Thursday 15-Sunday 18 June, European Lute Orchestra at Fuessen, at German Lute Society international meeting.
September 9, Original Instruments day, late lutes and early guitars: Taro Takeuchi plays an original Tielke lute and talks on old lutes converted to ‘modern’ lutes in Regency England, Peter Lay plays and discusses some of his collection of historic guitars. Young artist’s showcase tbc, Matt Wadsworth mini-recital: a new theorbo composition by Steve Goss.