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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).
November 18, Mediaeval lutes day:
The next meeting will be one of our themed meetings, on a topic we tend to neglect, the mediaeval lute. We are delighted to welcome Jacob Mariani, to discuss his reconstruction of the mediaeval cetra, something barely attempted hitherto, and José Luis Pastor, one of the leading Spanish performers on mediaeval plucked strings. Matthew Spring will discuss the earliest tablatures, while Massimo Marchese and Brian Wright plus singers make a welcome return.
No need to book, just turn up!
11.00 The mediaeval art of the plectrum a talk, and demonstration of vihuela de peñola, Spanish and Italian mediaeval lutes, citole, hurdy gurdy, and mediaeval guitar, by José Luis Pastor
12.00 Mini-recital: Leonardo’s lute, music by Dalza, Spinacino, Capirola, and Da Milano, by Massimo Marchese
1.45 Building the Ferrara cetra, talk by Jacob Mariani
2.45 Mini-recital of new Christmas music, by Brian Wright, performed by Jeni Melia, Jess Hallett and the composer
3.15 Early lute and keyboard tablature, a talk by Matthew Spring
4.00 Home-made cake, tea and wine
4.30 The Lute Society Recital: The art of the mediaeval plectrum lute multi-instrumental recital by José Luis Pastor.
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.
September 18–21, Benslow lute song course with Jacob Heringman and John Potter benslowmusic.org/index.asp?PageID=1803