The Lute Society: 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: The next meeting will be one of our themed meetings, on a topic we tend to neglect, the mediaeval lute. We are delighted to welcome Jacob Mariani, to discuss his reconstruction of the mediaeval cetra, something barely attempted hitherto, and José Luis Pastor, one of the leading Spanish performers on mediaeval plucked strings. Matthew Spring will discuss the earliest tablatures, while Massimo Marchese and Brian Wright plus singers Jeni Melia and Jess Hallett make a welcome return. See meetings page for timetable.

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