The Lute in Lockdown - during our times of lockdown and social distancing, musicians are hosting online events and videos to reach their audience. We are maintaining a calendar of upcoming online events, and a set of resources for musicians and support. Feel free to send us links to online lute events, and please support musicians by buying tickets where you can. And why not improve your playing and support a professional player at the same time by treating yourself to an online lute lesson? There's a list of teachers who give lessons by Zoom or Skype at the head of our register of teachers.
Subscribe to our new Youtube Channel! at www.youtube.com/channel/UC7XUQxbXyeZUAh2r5lbj-6A. It's free of course. Many thanks to Peter Jones for setting it up of course. So far there are four very informative films about how to film yourself playing the lute and then edit and upload the film. More films of good quality will be added in due course, and we plan that this will be the forum for 'virtual meetings', with a selection of films launched together for your enjoyment.
A review and reflections of our Spring 2020 playing weekend at Benslow by Adam Dzwonnik
Beginners' lesson - 40 Courant L'Onesta (no. 63 from ‘114 Early to Intermediate Pieces for Renaissance Lute’), by Lynda Sayce.
Spring meetings all cancelled in common with meetings of societies in Italy, France, Germany, Scotland and Netherlands; our next meeting, deo volente, will take place on 12th September, see meetings for details.
New addition to our members compositions by David Protheroe, Varietie of Lute Quartets: Fantasie, Pavin, Galliard, Almaine, Coranto and Volte Superius (d lute), Contratenor altus (a lute), Tenor (G lute), Bassus (D lute) and Full score
New addition to our free downloads: 'Easter in Lockdown' - includes an anonymous setting of 'Befiehl du deine Wege' (Dm lute) plus an arrangement for voice and lute of ‘O sacred head surrounded’, both for Dm lute and old tuning, arranged by Wilfred Foxe. Download.
Our online shop is now mobile friendly. Now you can even buy our publications from a tablet or mobile phone.
Updated membership map - showing the current approximate location of Lute Society members who have chosen to share their postcodes - see membership-map
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.
Japanese language page on the website of Taro Takeuchi, who offers help for prospective Japanese members tarolute.crane.gr.jp/lutesociety.html
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
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