The Lute Society: News

New Lute Iconography Database - the Lute Iconography Database is a new online resource holding around 2000 images and other depictions of the lute covering over 1000 years of the history of the lute, now available for scholars, players and lute makers and anyone else interested in the history of the lute. Delve in and enjoy!

Playing days Farnham, Saturday 12th May, and Usk, Sunday 20th May, contact the secretary if interested.

Summer Party 6.30 pm, Saturday 7th July 2018, at the home of John and Joyce Reeve, Maidenhead, Berkshire, with music from 7.00, performed by Bill Carter and John Reeve; RSVP if you would like to attend.

Beginners' lesson - 32 - Lady Rich Galliard (piece no.18 from the Lute Society’s ‘114 Early to Intermediate Pieces for Renaissance Lute’), by Lynda Sayce

New free downloads - Psalm settings, Magnificat and Grace for voice and lute by Roy Marks.

New free downloads - Betrachte meine Seel from St John Passion, J S Bach, BWV 245, No 19 prepared by Wilfred Foxe. Also Aria detta La Frescobalda (Girolamo Frescobaldi) arranged by Wilfred Foxe, also in free downloads

Issue 124 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. An enlarged version of Lutezine 123 is now available too with extra papers and reports, at the web address already supplied to subscribers.

Global map of Lute Society members An exciting new development to help put members in touch with each other. Find out if there are other members near you with our interactive membership map

Recent additions to our free downloads listings:

  • A song setting of Miserere, My Maker (Anon) from the Turpyn Book of Lute Songs, by Wilfred Foxe.
  • The Dohna Lute Book - a digital facsimile reconstruction of a book of three German tabulatures by Mattheus Waissel: Lautenbuch 1592-12, Tabulatura Allerley [1592]-13 and Tabulatura Guter 1592-14.
  • Four Songs from the Book of Common Prayer for voice, lute and viol by Roy Marks.
  • The Improvising Lutenist, by Gilbert Isbin - designed to teach improvisation in a contemporary style.

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:

  • Christmas carols for lute and voice, volume 3 in Brian Wright's Musica Natalis series
  • Complete works of Marco dall'Aquila
  • New stock of CDs, as reviewed and advertised in Lute News
  • New works by Gilbert Isbin
  • Fun merchandise! Fridge magnets with Old Master paintings of lutes