The Lute Society: News

Issue 116 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover - and the ezine. See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

Beginners' lesson - 24 - Spagnolleta - piece 12 from '70 Easy to Intermediate Pieces', by Lynda Sayce.

Next meeting, London, Saturday 30th January: Original instruments day with talks and demonstrations of at least six original instruments, by James Westbrook, Chris Egerton, Taro Takeuchi, plus recitals from Yavor Genov and Jadran Duncumb; see meetings for timetable.

Booking for Lutefest 2016 at Benslow Music in Hitchin, Herts. is now open, 17/18th-20th March. The tutors are Hopkinson Smith, Paula Chateauneuf, Stewart McCoy, Roy Marks, and Jeni Melia. We usually fill the place, for our weekend-long lute party, so book early to avoid disappointment! Two night option or three night option

There is also a more specialised lute song event at Benslow later in the year, with Jacob Heringman and John Potter, 19th-22nd September, for which booking will open nearer the time at

Members compositions updated with Book of Songs by Joaquim Boguñà Chesa

Beginners' lesson - 23 - Caring for your hands, by Lynda Sayce.

The Lute Online Resources Portal is now live. Most websites mentioned in the last 15 years of Lute News now have links there, and some of the pages are reasonably complete. Others have only sample content - particularly the composers and sources pages - new material will be added to these each day. You are warmly invited to send in interesting links you think we have missed - let's build a Grand Universal Lute Portal!

A catalogue of our collection of vinyl records is now uploaded. Some items can be lent to members on request.

The Lute Society Microfilm Collection currently has 424 reels of film containing 337 unique items of music or musical theory. This has now been re-catalogued for the benefit of scholars and researchers. See microfilm catalogue for details, - now updated with following a recent generous donation of microfilms by Peter Trent.

Looking for a lute player, accompanist, duet partner, or beginner's 'buddy'? We can help you find a lute player in your area, or for your special event (wedding, banquet, advert etc). We are also starting up a lute buddying scheme to put new players in touch with lute buddies in their area.

For previous news items, see Old news

Recent pages on this website

New Music Editions

See our catalogue for details and to purchase online:

  • Christmas carols for lute and voice, volume 3 in Brian Wright's Musica Natalis series
  • Complete works of Marco dall'Aquila
  • New stock of CDs, as reviewed and advertised in Lute News
  • New works by Gilbert Isbin
  • Fun merchandise! Fridge magnets with Old Master paintings of lutes