News from the Lute Society


Any of you who received a copy of the two tablature books: Elizabethan Lute Music and Elizabethan Popular Music from me will need a corrected copy, as they contained many errors. Since sending them I have had a computer failure and lost my address book. If you wish to receive a revised copy, or if you have never had one but would like a copy, please supply me with an Email address.
Ray Black, email:

2. CONCERT WITH LUTE, CORNWALL, SUNDAY EVENING – from baroque to Vaughan Williams

Jeni Melia, soprano, violin, Lindsay Braga, violin, John Braga, recorder, and Chris Goodwin, baritone, lute, are giving a concert at the old chapel, Treligga, on the north Cornish coast, this Sunday evening, 23rd August, of music by Purcell, Dowland, Boismortier, A. Scarlatti, Corrette, and Vaughan Williams. Contact Brian Wright on 01208 814138 if you would like a ticket.


It’s not too late to enter the composition contest to write an easy piece for beginners, the entry form for which went out in the last Lute News. The closing date is 8th September.


Study Day: Music in Purcell's London: "Only Purcell e're shall equal Blow"The British Library, LondonSaturday 4 October 2008, 10am-5pm

The Purcell Society and British Library are pleased to announce that booking is now open for this study day on the music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries John Blow and Giovanni Battista Draghi. The study day marks the 300th anniversary of Blow and Draghi's deaths in 1708, and the start of a year-long celebration in the UK of the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth (which occurred in 1658 or 1659).

Keynote speaker: Professor Sir Curtis Price, KBE
Other speakers include Rebecca Herissone, Christopher Hogwood, Peter Holman, Andrew Pinnock, Robert Thompson, Bryan White and Bruce Wood. The day will also include performances of music by Purcell, Blow and Draghi.
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions).For booking information and programme details please see
Study day hosted by the Purcell Society and the British Library.

Further information:
Dr Sandra TuppenMusic Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7500

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