The Lute Society: News

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.

Issue 130 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.

Updates to our free downloads and members compositions pages - 16th century Spanish music arranged for renaissance lute and treble instrument by Joaquim Bogunya Chesa, and Sonnets and Epigrams, for voice and lute, by David Protheroe, with piano score supplement.

New Beginners' lesson - 37 - Ick Claeg Venus Dieren, by Lynda Sayce.

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.

Summer school listings have just been updated. Still plenty of courses if you haven't booked your lute holidays yet! (Teachers, please contact the Secretary if we've missed any; see summer school listings.

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