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


Our first meeting of the new year celebrates three ‘Golden Ages’ of the lute: 17th century France, with a talk, mini-recital and recital by Benjamin Narvey; 18th century Germany, with a mini-recital of the music of Weiss, by Richard Mackenzie,;and an afternoon dedicated to John Dowland, with a mini-recital by Michele Carreca, and a forum discussing Dowland’s graces, led by Christopher Wilson and Martin Shepherd. So don’t miss it!

10.30 Coffee and welcome to new members
11.00 The luth double, an illustrated talk on a neglected French 17th century lute, by Benjamin Narvey, followed by a mini-recital,
with Oliver Webber, violin
12.30 Mini-recital, Richard Mackenzie plays 11-course music by S. L. Weiss.
1.00 Lunch
2.30 Mini-recital, Michele Carreca plays music from his new Dowland album
3.00 Dowland’s ornaments, a forum with talks by Christopher Wilson and Martin Shepherd, followed by floor discussion
4.15 Tea
4.30 The Lute Society Recital, Benjamin Narvey plays French and German baroque lute music

About the artists:

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 2015

Feb 25-Mar 1, Leeds University Early Music Festival, featuring lute day Saturday 28th with Jacob Heringman, tuition and group playing, concert with Jacob Heringman and Emma Kirkby

Mar 26-29, Benslow Lutefest (three-day event, Friday is optional) with Jacob Heringman, Lynda Sayce, Jeni Melia, Roy Marks, Stewart McCoy.

May 9, AGM (including constitutional vote on restriction on number of times president can stand), Jean-Marie Poirier and Thierry Meunier, talk on baroque lute duets and baroque lute duet recital, illustrated talk on Galilei by Zak Ozmo.

September 12, Learning the lute day: Michael Gale talk on lute pedagogy in the English renaissance, Tim Crawford, teaching and learning the lute in baroque Austria, and young artists showcase, with: Ensemble Jenn, Niki Andronikou, Sam Brown, Richard Mackenzie, Alex McCartney Accords nouveaux recital

Nov 14, Talk and recital, Francesco and de Rippe, by Nigel North, talk on ‘Lutes and Guitars in England, 1550-1650, new material from the archive’ by Chris Page, mini-recital by Evan Plommer, mini-recital by Francesco Motta, mini-recital by Brian Wright and two singers of new Xmas music, Mini-recital by Massimo Marchese.

Pictures from recent meetings

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Selected recordings from meetings

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