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.


Christmas is coming and we have lots of gifts for the lutenist in your life, plus cards and albums of Christmas music. There are gifts to suit every pocket, from our jumbo-sized lute manuscript facsimiles, of Herbert of Cherbury's lute book, or Mathew Holmes' lute book, to beginners' books, selected CDs, and lute-playing mouse paperweights; see catalogue. A membership makes a nice present, and we can send a generous welcome pack to a specified address, and the welcome PDFs and free downloads on Christmas Eve, to not spoil the surprise, see membership.

Next meeting, February 8th at the Dutch Church in London (nearest tubes, Bank, Liverpool Street) see meetings for the timetable, in due course. All welcome, just turn up - the day is free except for the final recital, tickets available on the day.

Issue 131 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover and ezine. See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

New Beginners' lesson - 38 - Gigue (piece number 4 from 'Diverse Collection of Easy Pieces for the Baroque Lute’)

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 whose English is not very good,

Recent additions to our free downloads and members compositions listings:

New page covering small ads - lute music for sale.

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

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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.