The Lute Society: Home Page

Welcome to The Lute Society's website

The Lute Society, now over 60 years old, exists to promote the lute and its music. Members get a new member's pack of 100 pages of lute music, a quarterly magazine, Lute News, with music supplement, an annual journal, The Lute, discounts on our growing range of publications and other benefits. Even if you can't make it to our meetings, playing days, and residential weekends in Britain, joining is an excellent way of building up your music library, and keeping in touch with other lute players, and with news in the lute world.

News

Issue 132 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover

New additions to our free downloads: 2 pieces by Adrian Banchieri, for 3 equal lutes, these are very tuneful canzonas. Also 3 pieces for 4 lutes, including madrigals and motets by Andrea Gabrieli and Pierre Passereau. Arranged by Mike Ashley.

Beginners' lesson - 39 - Il Bianco Fiore, Negri (piece no.8 in the Lute Society’s '40 Easy to Early Intermediate Pieces'), by Lynda Sayce.

Updated membership map - showing the current approximate location of Lute Society members who have chosen to share their postcodes - see membership-map

Two Spring meetings, 18th April Dennis Arnold Hall, Oxford, and 9th May, London at the Dutch Church (nearest tubes, Bank, Liverpool Street). The Oxford meeting will be a joint meeting with the Viola da Gamba Society on the theme of masque music, and the London meeting, including our AGM will be on the theme of the lute family instruments and songs of 1,000 years ago, see meetings for the timetable. All welcome, just turn up - Lute Society meetings are free except for the final recital, tickets available on the day.

Lute Iconography Database (LuteIDB) - now updated to contain over 2200 images and additional search attributes. LuteIDB is a great resource for lute makers, players, art historians, researchers, and anyone who has an interest in the iconography of the lute. See the introduction to LuteIDB for background and details of how to use the search engine. The live version is at LuteIDB online.

New Lute Society Music Index - Lute Society Music Index compiled by Michael Heseltine, where you can search all the music supplements of Lute News by title or author.

Japanese language page on the website of Taro Takeuchi, who offers help for prospective Japanese members tarolute.crane.gr.jp/lutesociety.html

Recent additions to our free downloads and members compositions listings:

  • 2 pieces by Adrian Banchieri, for 3 equal lutes, these are very tuneful canzonas. Also 3 pieces for 4 lutes, including madrigals and motets by Andrea Gabrieli and Pierre Passereau. Arranged by Mike Ashley.
  • 16th century Spanish music arranged for renaissance lute and treble instrument by Joaquim Bogunya Chesa
  • Sonnets and Epigrams, for voice and lute, by David Protheroe, with piano score supplement.
  • A song setting of Miserere, My Maker (Anon) from the Turpyn Book of Lute Songs, by Wilfred Foxe.
  • The Dohna Lute Book - a digital facsimile reconstruction of a book of three German tabulatures by Mattheus Waissel: Lautenbuch 1592-12, Tabulatura Allerley [1592]-13 and Tabulatura Guter 1592-14.

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!

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:

  • 158 early Cinquecento preludes and recercars - a bumper collection of early Italian lute music, all standards, beginner to advanced
  • Compendium of 178 Polish dances - another bumper edition!
  • Fun merchandise! Lute-playing mouse paperweight

Listings and services

As well as our online shop where you can purchase our publications, our website contains a number of listings of lutes for sale, makers, teachers, publishers, summer schools and other links.

Contact the secretary

The Secretary, Christopher Goodwin
Southside Cottage, Brook Hill, Albury
Guildford, England GU5 9DJ
Tel: (+44/0)1483 202159

or if your email bounces back from this, try

Donations

The Lute Society’s finances are ticking over nicely with the present membership fees and it is breaking even in a safe and steady manner. But we would like to be able to fund occasional additional activities without having to raise the general membership fees to a level which would put off some from joining. If you feel able to help in this way, it will be greatly appreciated.

General Fund Donation

Donating with this button will enable you to add an amount of your choice to our general fund.

There will be an opportunity for UK tax payers to gift aid their donation after they click the donate button.

Student Bursary Fund Donation

Donating with this button will enable you to add an amount of your choice to our Student Bursary Fund which will enable us to fund deserving students for places on short term music courses such as Benslow.

There will be an opportunity for UK tax payers to gift aid their donation after they click the donate button.