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Our residential weekend - Lutefest 2013, 15-17 March 2013 at Benslow music trust, Hitchin was a great success. Some photos are uploaded to photo gallery - events.
Beginners lesson 14 - Volte Jungker Hans, by Lynda Sayce
Playing Baroque Preludes - an essay by Wilfred Foxe concerning the Prelude and Fantasy for Baroque Lute by Denis Gaultier.
Beginners lesson 12 by Lynda Sayce: Il Conto dell'orco by Caroso.
A newly enlarged grading list of lute pieces at towards lute grades by Martin Eastwell - now over 300 pieces, including six or our student publications and the complete works of Francesco da Milano and Dowland. Check the list to find out what grade you would be, if there were lute grades!
A handy table of the most common lute tunings, compiled by Matthew Leigh Embleton.
Historic photos from Lutesoc summer schools 1975 and 1976: Cheltenham '75 '76
Vicenza lute weekend 14-16 April, jointly organised with Societa di Liuto, a 40-piece lute band played in the stunning setting of the Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza, www.teatrolimpicovicenza.it see photo gallery - events for some photos from this magnificent event.
Leiden lute weekend 12-13 May with Paul O'Dette, joint meeting with Dutch and Belgian lute societies. See photo gallery - events for photos.
Beginners lesson 11 by Lynda Sayce: Corrente.
Wilfred Foxe has prepared some Baroque Lute Tabulature available as a free download.
Lute news issue 99 is now out - see the colour front cover.
Beginners lesson 10 by Lynda Sayce: Trenchmore.
Building a lute using original methods - a project report on building a renaissance lute only using techniques and tools that would have been available at the time. An adventure into experimental archaeology by Andrew Atkinson.
Gordon Gregory has made “play-along” files of the 21 John Dowland trios made by Stewart McCoy and published by Stefan Lundgren. The files allow you to practice the Lute 1 parts of the trios accompanied by the other parts played on a computer. The files are available for free download at: www.gordongregory.co.uk/minus-one.htm
A memorial concert was held for Co-founder and President of the Lute Society, Ian Harwood MBE, at 3pm, Saturday 5th November, at Cecil Sharp House,2 Regent's Park Road, Camden Town, London NW1 7AY; with a retiring collection for cancer charities. Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg and the Lachrimae Consort were among the performers, and many other musicians who knew him or benefitted from his work played sets. Cantus choir, swelled with members of the Society sang Wood's 'Hail Gladdening Light', one of Ian's favourite pieces.
Lute news issue 98 is now out - see the colour front cover.
Beginners lesson 9 by Lynda Sayce: Robin Reddocke, from the Ballet lute book.
On 10-Sep-2011 we had our Hungarian lute day, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Covent Garden, London. See previous meetings for details.
On 21-May-2011, we held our AGM, and a festival of lute songs. This year we had a real extravaganza: a one-day festival of lute song, with the launch of two new Lute Society editions of songs (one old and one new) and no fewer than six mini-recitals by lute song duos and trios. See previous-meetings for details.
15 to 17th April - we held our residential school, Lutefest 2011 at Benslow, Hitchin.
Beginners lesson 8 by Lynda Sayce: Newsidler, Hastu mich genumen. Piece taken from The Lute Society's complete edition of Newsidler's 'Erst Buch'
Avoiding Concert Disasters - pieces of advice from members. Some entrants approached the competition in a spirit of levity, yet all the advice is based on (sometimes painful) experience.
July 2010: Beginners' lesson 5 - by Lynda Sayce: Prelude by Le Roy
June 2010: 5 new articles originally published in Lute news, are now available under our advice section: Comparison of Baroque Lute tutors, English renaissance lute music, Is your lute set up well?, the Old renaissance lute tutor books, and an Introduction to Lute Resources on the Internet
On Saturday June 26th we had our Annual Lute Society Party, hosted by Joyce and John Reeve.
April 2010: New lessons for beginners, by Lynda Sayce.
We are pleased to announce the music for broken consort (treble viol or violin, flute or recorder, bass viol, lute, cittern and bandora) by Matthew Holmes is now available as a free download. See Matthew Holmes Consorts for further details.
O Happie Ground - a new playing edition of trebles and grounds. There is also freely available downloadable grounds that can be played on a computer to accompany yourself as you play the trebles.