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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).
February 4, at the Dutch Church, Original instruments day: historic mandolins; joint meeting with the Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation, with original instruments from the RCM collection, and private collections. Talks by Paul Sparks, Lars Berglund, Anna Rita Addessi, and Mimmo Peruffo. Recital by Davide Rebuffa, Andrea Damiani and Mauro Squillante.
10.45 The mandolin in 18th century Britain, a talk by Paul Sparks
11.45 The Gimo Collection and neapolitan mandolin repertoire in the second half of the 18th century, a talk by Lars Berglund and Anna Rita Addessi.
12.45 Mandolin gut and wire strings in the 17th and 18th centuries, a talk by Mimmo Peruffo
2.15 The mandolino in the 17th and early 18th century, talk by Davide Rebuffa with a presentation of original instruments from the Royal College of Music, Giovanni Accornero and Beare Violins Ltd, private collections, including a 4-course mandolino with its original case, from Stradivari’s workshop.
4.15 Wine, tea and home-made cake
4.45 The Lute Society Recital: The mandolin in Rome in the time of Corelli, Music by Cappelini, Colista, Ugolini, Caldara and Corelli, performed on original instruments by The Early Mandolin Academy: Davide Rebuffa (4 and 5-course mandolino), Mauro Squillante (5-course mandolino) and Andrea Damiani (theorbo and chitarra alla Spagnuola).
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.
The presence of Davide Rebuffa and Mauro Squillante in London enables a day of workshops, which they will tutor, the day after the meeting of 4th February. This event will be of special interest to players of historic mandolins, but participants using modern styles of mandolin are also very welcome to take part. Davide Rebuffa’s classes will focus on the baroque mandolino and music by Sauli - which can be played on the first four courses of a renaissance lute if you have no baroque violin Mauro Squillante is a specialist in the repertoire, performance techniques and organology of historic plectrum instruments. He will concentrate on performance practice for the baroque Neapolitan mandolin, using music by Leone and Gervasio, composers known to have spent time in London during the 18th century.
Time: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Place: Fitzrovia Community Centre, 2 Foley Street, London WC1W 6DL (nearest tube stations Goodge Street or Warren Street) fitzroviacommunitycentre.org/.
Cost: £30 (£5 for listeners) to be paid to The Lute Society by 21st January. There may be individual lessons if there is enough demand—please say if you would like one.
Morning Sessions with Davide Rebuffa (10.00-13.00) in the Owen Room
10.00-1100 Mandolino basics.
11.00-12.30 Sauli, Partita V in G Minor: Ouverture and Allemande.
12.30-13.00 Historic plectra and string choices.
Afternoon Sessions with Mauro Squillante, (14.00-17.00) in the Equiano Room
14.00-15.00 Playing legato, chords using pieces from Leone’s metodo.
15.00-17.00 Bass lines, using Gervasio Sinfonia; Rhetoric, using Gervasio Sinfonia 3.
Please contact the Secretary as soon as possible if you would like to come – closing date 20th January.
March 23-26, Benslow Lutefest (three-day event, Friday is optional) with Jadran Duncumb, Lynda Sayce, Stewart McCoy, Jeni Melia and Roy Marks.
April 22, EXTRA MEETING!, at the Dutch Church, joint study day with the Early Dance Circle on dancing to the lute in the 15th century, Bill Tuck, on the instrumentation of 15th Century Dance, David van Edwards on iconography of 15th century lute, Hazel Dennison, on dancing to Domenico’s instruments, have-a-go audience participation dance session, and dance display from Renaissance Footnotes with music from Matthew Spring, Jon Banks.
May 6 at the Dutch Church, AGM, music of the Wurstisen lute book, illustrated talk by Yavor Genov, talk on continuo and computational musicology by Ryaan Ahmed, and mini-recital, talk on a Sellas guitar with original soundboard demonstrated by owner Bernhard Hofstoetter and restorer Alexander Batov, recital and talk by Sam Brown and Nathaniel Mander of lute and harpsichord duets.
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.