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 meeting

Saturday September 10th, 60th birthday event. This will NOT be at the Dutch Church, but instead at our historic home, (where our foundress Diana Poulton heard Arnold Dolmetsch playing the lute a century ago) the Art Workers Guild, Bloomsbury

To mark the 60th anniversary of our inaugural meeting, held in October 1956, our next meeting will have a festive character with lots of music, besides trips down memory lane with members who were there in the very early days, space to think about what has changed in early music over six decades, cake and wine.

10.30 Coffee

11.00 ‘A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing’: Our Ever-changing View of the Lute and its Music, a talk by Anthony Bailes, followed by floor discussion.

12.15 If you can remember the ’60s: a panel of veteran members recall the early days, with slide show.

12.45 Mini-recital Duo Piccolo e Grande play mandolin and theorbo duets.

1.15 Lunch

2.30 Mini-recital: The Lachrimae Consort play consort music in tribute to our founder, Ian Harwood.

3.00 Mini-recital: Sara Stowe and Matthew Spring perform songs by Nicholas Lanier.

3.30 The first Lute Society recital: Nigel North plays the programme from the first ever Lute Society recital, given by Desmond Dupré in October 1956.

4.00 Cutting of the home-made lute-cake, with tea and wine.

4.30 The Lute Society Recital: ‘Les Cloches de Vienne’ – Lute Music from Salzburg and Vienna, played by Anthony Bailes.

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 2016

November 19th, at the Dutch Church

Pictures from recent meetings

See Pictures from meetings

Selected recordings from meetings

See Recordings from meetings