The Lute Society: News

Issue 135 of Lute News is now out, a special Julian Bream memorial issue - see its colour front cover and ezine. See a gallery of previous front covers on the publications page, under Lute News back issues.

Benslow online lute song course 21st-23rd November, with Clare Wilkinson, Michael Solomon Williams, and Jacob Heringman - see Benslow Music course page

You are invited to our first ever virtual meeting free and open to all, on our Youtube channel to enjoy at your leisure, with talks from Peter Croton and Gabriel Schebor, recitals of lute music from Sam Brown and Catalan songs from Mireia Latorre, voice, Peter Krivda, bass viol and William Waters, lute and arranger; and bring your lute to play duets with Lynda Sayce and lute songs with Dame Emma Kirkby and the Dowland Works group: Gareth Thomas, bass, Michael Solomon Williams, tenor, Clara Kanter, alto, and Harry Buckoke, viol. You can download here the lute backing tracks and sheet music. Our London meetings are cancelled but we hope to launch another virtual meeting on 14th November.

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.

Update to our members compositions page. Songs in Divers Humours, for medium voice and lute (tablature), by David Protheroe; Thomas Haxell: Tastar de Corde; Wilfred Foxe: Raindrops in Holmfirth; Cezar Mateus: Four Pieces for Renaissance Lute; Joaquim Bogunyà Chesa: Some New Pieces for the Lute.

Beginners' lesson 41 Beginners' lesson - 41 - Drewries accordes - lute duet. Lesson by Lynda Sayce covering the video in Lute duet - video backing tracks

New addition to our free downloads page: The Flute and the Lute Vol. 2 - English music from the Golden Age, arranged by Joaquim Bogunyà Chesa. Also Les Folies d'Espagne for Theorbo, by Robert de Visée (original is from Falconet MS which is not in very readable condition). Typseset by Wilfred Foxe.

The Lute in Lockdown - during our times of lockdown and social distancing, musicians are hosting online events and videos to reach their audience. We are maintaining a calendar of upcoming online events, and a set of resources for musicians and support. Feel free to send us links to online lute events, and please support musicians by buying tickets where you can. And why not improve your playing and support a professional player at the same time by treating yourself to an online lute lesson? There's a list of teachers who give lessons by Zoom or Skype at the head of our register of teachers.

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