The Lute Society: News

Issue 140 of Lute News is now out - see its colour front cover. See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

Next meeting, 12th February: old instruments and young talent at the Dutch Church in the City of London. Our first meeting of the New Year will combine ancient and modern, with a precious opportunity to see historic instruments out of their museum cases: two Venere lutes of 1585 and a Ressle mandora of 1743, specially brought over from the Royal Academy of Music Museum, and to hear about their restoration. David van Edwards will give a talk on what we know of historical lute cases and a project to reconstruct one, and we will have the chance to hear young artists perform: Tristram Cooke, countertenor, accompanied by Peter Martin, and the soprano and theorbo duo Cordes en Ciel, Héloïse Bernard and Kristiina Watt. For the final recital we welcome the long overdue return of Yair Avidor, to give a recital of French baroque theorbo music. We hope to film as much of the day as possible for the benefit of overseas members. See meetings for timetable. COVID PRECAUTIONS: For the time being please take a lateral flow test at home (or equivalent) the day before attending.

Lute events in the New Year: 24th or 25th to 27th March, our spring Lutefest, at Benslow Music Trust; three-night option or two night option

A short essay on using your phone to translate Lute News and to follow QR codes, by Chris Goodwin: Lute news and QR codes

Beginners lesson - 44 - Lute tuning, by Lynda Sayce

Sonatas for extended neck baroque guitar, by Ludovico Fontanelli edited by Peter Elliot - see free downloads

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.

Recent updates to our members compositions page. Fantasia after Mudarra by Michel Amoric; Canary from Purcell's Indian Queen and two folk tunes by Andrew Haxell; Blancrocher XXI by Michel Amoric; 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.

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.

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