Lute Society meeting, Saturday 11th September: Young artists' showcase at the Dutch Church. Keep checking this website in case of late government changes; see the programme at meetings.
Beginners' lesson - 43 - Fantasia (no from '114 Early to Intermediate Pieces') - lesson by Lynda Sayce
Sonatas for extended neck baroque guitar, by Ludovico Fontanelli edited by Peter Elliot - see free downloads
Annual General Meeting - The Lute Society AGM was held on Saturday 8th May, via Zoom. Minutes and agenda are available on our annual general meetings page.
Appeal for Sandi Harris As you may have heard, luthier Sandi Harris was bereaved of her life partner and workshop partner, the pioneer luthier Stephen Barber last year. You can hear more of this very moving story. She needs financial help to move to a less expensive workshop, and get back on her feet; for details see this funding page There is a tombeau for Stephen Barber by David Ooijen linked from members compositions.
Tree Editions now available as free downloads on this website - an amazing free lute library, bequeathed by Albert Reyerman. Also added to the main menu for the website - see Tree Edition Files.
You are invited to our fourth virtual meeting free and open to all, to enjoy at your leisure, with a talk from Alex McCartney on the toccata, and a Kapsberger recital, highlights of Ryosuke Sakamoto's 2021 Il Divino challenge, a recital from Stathis Skandalidis, and an illustrated talk from Din Ghani and Musicke in the Ayre on the role of Fleet Street in the story of English lute song All the videos to date on our can be seen on our Youtube channel and links to previous virtual meetings are at meetings.
Update to our members compositions page. Tombeau for Stephen Barber by David van Ooijen, La Rivercada by Joaquim Bogunyà Chesa, Songs in Divers Humours, for medium voice and lute (tablature), by David Protheroe; Thomas Haxell: Tastar de Corde; Wilfred Foxe: Raindrops in Holmfirth.
Play along with professional musicians Our lute backing tracks page has a number of songs and duets, where you provide the missing lute part, to accompany renowned musicians such as Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works performing Golden Age songs, and duets with Lynda Sayce. Download the sheet music on the same page.
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.
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