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Concerts involving lutes are quite often listed on the pages of Continuo Connect:


June tour: The Telling presents I, Spie:

Spooks meets Blackadder: centred around an extraordinary letter written by Renaissance composer/lutenist John Dowland to spymaster Sir Robert Cecil in 1595, this concertplay (where music and theatre collide) tells the story of how Dowland managed to foil an Italian plot on the life of Queen Elizabeth I and his ensuing grisly dealings with the Secret Service, soundtracked live with songs by Dowland, his contemporaries and lively tavern & courtly music, featuring James Bramley on lute.
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Thursday 20 June: Wimpole Road Church Hall, Colchester
Friday 21 June: Bunyan Meeting, Bedford
Saturday 22 June: St Edward’s Church, Cardiff
Sunday 23 June: Ullet Road Church Hall, Liverpool

21 June - Apollo's Lyre at All Saints Church

22nd June: Musicke in the Ayre in Bath

“Courtly airs & dialogues – songs to the lute from the reign of Louis XIII”

A selection of charming pieces from the vast repertoire of airs de cour published by the Ballard firm in Paris. Etienne Moulinie was one of the most prolific composers – the programme majors on pieces by him, supplemented with others by Boesset, Guedron and Richard. Making the most of having two voices (Carmel Edwards and Jane Hunt), the programme includes a number of pieces written as dialogues. Din Ghani on lute will also play a solo by Robert Ballard.

St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick, BA2 4EB
3.00 – 4.00pm
Refreshments available before and after.
£10 on the door, or £9 online from

Sunday 30th June 2024 14:00-15:00
Birkenhead Priory, Wirral
Price FREE
A lute duet programme featuring Stewart McCoy and Richard MacKenzie. Programme TBC.


Saturday 6th July 2024 13:00-14:00
Deal Music and Arts Festival
The Cleary Hall, Landmark Centre 129 High Street, Deal, CT14 6BB
Price £15/13/7.50
Programme to feature works for renaissance lute, theorbo and romantic guitar by Dalza, Bianchini, Dowland, Kapsberger, Piccinini, Emilia Giuliani-Guglielmi, Vidal and Molino.

French Fables: Samuel Ng (viola da gamba) & Kristiina Watt (theorbo); 11th July, 11.15
at St. John’s Church; Buxton International Festival
A programme of french baroque music by Couperin and Marais for viola da gamba and theorbo. The music is paired with fables by Jean de la Fontaine.

11th July: Musicke in the Ayre at the Frome Festival

“From Ferrara with love”
Musicke in the Ayre return to the Frome Festival with another fabulous programme of early baroque works from Italy for up to 3 sopranos. Maria Danishvar, Jane Hunt and Philippa Neaverson with Din Ghani on continuo explore the legacy of the Este Court’s Concerto delle donne, starting from a piece by Luzzaschi that they would have performed, and going on to works by Francesca Caccini, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Rossi, and Strozzi. Solo lute pieces by Piccinini – another Ferrarese export – are also included.
Christ Church, Frome BA11 1EH
6.00 – 7.00pm
Refreshments available
£12 (£5 under 18s) on the door, or in advance from the Festival Box Office at the Cheese and Grain, Frome

13th July at 7.30pm Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford

Oxford Festival of the Arts: A Mortal Muse

Lute-song quintet Dowland’s Foundry (with a guest narrator) present a dramatic performance of music and words centred on John Danyel’s 1606 Songs to Anne Greene, drawing on the relationship between the composer and his remarkably human muse. A treasure of Jacobean art, telling an unorthodox love story with uncommon brilliance, humanity, and wry wit.

Music by Danyel, John Dowland and William Byrd
Words by Ovid, Samuel Daniel and William Shakespeare


13th July at 11-4pm Magdalen College Library, Oxford

Dowland’s Foundry will be performing lute song from a precious original print of Dowland’s First, Second and Third books of songs, in the possession of Magdalen College.

Dowland’s Foundry

Gwen Martin soprano
Clemmie Franks alto
Daniel Thomson tenor
Timothy Dickinson bass
Sam Brown lute


1 - 4 August - Itinéraire Baroque
The four-day festival Itinéraire Baroque is set to honor the 80th birthday of Artistic Director Ton Koopman this August.


12 September - “Dancing Through Time” at Crediton Parish Church:

27 - 29 September - Schneverdinger Lautenherbst
A weekend of lute music, in Schneverdingen, Germany, organised by Michael Treder

September 2024 [Date and time TBC]
St Oswald's Church, Grasmere
Concert to include musicians Deborah Catterall, Elizabeth Dodd and Philip Gruar.
Programme TBC


Saturday October 12th 2024 [time TBC]
Middlewich Music Society
Price TBC
Concert to include musicians Deborah Catterall and Gareth Glyn Roberts
Programme TBC

Sunday 20th October 2024 14:00-14:45
Shrewsbury Cathedral
FREE ENTRY (retiring collection)
Programme TBC

Details regarding a performance with the Polyphonica Recorder Trio later in the year are soon to be released; you can also look forward to some interesting recording projects and releases. Watch this space...

Details regarding a lute duet concert with Stewart McCoy at Birkenhead Priory will soon be released, in addition to some interesting recording projects and releases.

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