The Lute Society: News

Beginners lesson - 44 - Lute tuning, by Lynda Sayce

Issue 138 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.

We just held our first Lute society meeting in about 18 months - our Young Artists's showcase. We hope to put some video up online soon for those that were unable to attend. Next Lute Society meeting, Saturday 6th November on the Eglatine table at the Dutch Church. Keep checking this website in case of late government changes; the programme will be outlined on the meetings page when available.

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.

You are invited to our fourth virtual meeting free and open to all, to enjoy at your leisure, with a talk from Alex McCartney on the toccata, and a Kapsberger recital, highlights of Ryosuke Sakamoto's 2021 Il Divino challenge, a recital from Stathis Skandalidis, and an illustrated talk from Din Ghani and Musicke in the Ayre on the role of Fleet Street in the story of English lute song All the videos to date on our can be seen on our Youtube channel and links to previous virtual meetings are at meetings.

Update to our members compositions page. Blancrocher XXI by Michel Amoric, Tombeau for Stephen Barber by David van Ooijen, La Rivercada by Joaquim BogunyĆ  Chesa, Songs in Divers Humours, for medium voice and lute (tablature), by David Protheroe; Thomas Haxell: Tastar de Corde; Wilfred Foxe: Raindrops in Holmfirth.

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