The Lute Society: News

New Beginners' lesson - 36 - Sight reading by Lynda Sayce.

Issue 129 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.

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.

158 early Cinquecento preludes and recercars - a bumper collection of early Italian lute music, all standards, beginner to advanced, see catalogue for details.

New free plans available for a Four course guitar by Jesus Alonso Yllana

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!

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:

  • 158 early Cinquecento preludes and recercars - a bumper collection of early Italian lute music, all standards, beginner to advanced
  • Christmas cards and albums of Christmas music for lute(s) and voice(s)
  • Compendium of 178 Polish dances - another bumper edition!
  • Fun merchandise! Lute-playing mouse paperweight