The Lute Society: Home Page

Welcome to The Lute Society's website

The Lute Society, now 60 years old, exists to promote the lute and its music. Members get a new member's pack of 100 pages of lute music, a quarterly magazine, Lute News, with music supplement, an annual journal, The Lute, discounts on our growing range of publications and other benefits. Even if you can't make it to our meetings, playing days, and residential weekends in Britain, joining is an excellent way of building up your music library, and keeping in touch with other lute players, and with news in the lute world.

News

Issue 123 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.

Next meeting: November 18, Mediaeval lutes day: Jacob Mariani on reconstructing the cetra, Jose Luis Pastor talk and recital, and Matthew Spring talk on early lute and keyboard tablature. Brian Wright and singers, mini-recital of Christmas music, Musica Natalis 6, Massimo Marchese mini-recital, presentation of hire theorbo made by David van Edwards’ summer school students.

New addition to our list of members' compositions: First book of lute lessons, plus additional fantasies, by Laudon Schuett

Beginners' lesson - 30 - Margraffen Dantz (piece is no.11 in '70 Easy to Intermediate Pieces'), by Lynda Sayce

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

New downloads include the following recent additions:

Summer school listings now updated - if you are looking for a lute holiday this summer (or are a lute teacher and want to tell us we've missed any, though we hope not!) summer school 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:

  • 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

Listings and services

As well as our online shop where you can purchase our publications, our website contains a number of listings of lutes for sale, makers, teachers, publishers, summer schools and other links.

Contact the secretary

The Secretary, Christopher Goodwin
Southside Cottage, Brook Hill, Albury
Guildford, England GU5 9DJ
Tel: (+44/0)1483 202159
Fax: (+44/0)1483 203088