News from the Lute Society


If you happen to be in London this Saturday 22nd of November do come to the next meeting of the Lute Society.This time we are at the Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH, near The Art Workers Guild where we used to meet, and near Holborn tube station. No need to book - just turn up!

The November meeting is themed (after a fashion!) around re-invention and rediscovery; the very old and the very new, with a talk and performances by a reconstructed lute quartet, a talk and performances of old ballads set to Dowland songs, and some newly discovered pairings of 16th century words and music, and the ‘christening’ of a mediaeval lute and gittern newly made by David van Edwards and his students. We also once again welcome Yair Avidor who will give a short recital on baroque lute.

10.45 Coffee
Reconstructing the Lute Consort, a talk by Lynda Sayce, and demonstration, with Edward Fitzgibbon, of the Lute Society’s new mediaeval hire lute and gittern, made by David van Edwards and his summer school students.
12.30 Mini-recital, by Yair Avidor, baroque lute

1.00 Break for lunch
2.15 An alternative Dowland song book, and two more tunes for Sir Thomas, a talk by Chris Goodwin, with soprano Jeni Melia
3.15 Tea
4.00 The Lute Society recital: Lute ensemble music played by Chordophony, Lynda Sayce (director, treble lute), Richard MacKenzie (alto lute), Edward Fitzgibbon (tenor lute), and Richard Sweeney (bass lute)

best wishes
Chris Goodwin


Professional classical oboist / recorder / saxophone player seeks lute player for collaborations, London / South East, contact Virgil Vaitkus, 0792 1848 409, e:


Venus players acting company require lute player(s) to participate in performance of Shakespearian sonnets, Rumi and other love poetry in London and elsewhere with small ensemble of professional actors; initially for small fees or expenses only. Contact Lesley 020 8851 2267, e: web:


Classical Guitar Recital in South East Wales
Recently termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times, American classical guitarist David Rogers plays a one off recital for the Islwyn Acoustic Guitar Club at Dan-y-Graig Church, Dan-y-Graig Road in Risca on Friday 21st November. This will be the only concert in Wales on his current UK tour.

David Rogers maintains an active solo and ensemble performance career. He is the guitarist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a music faculty member at Southern Oregon University. In addition he is lead guitarist and lutenist with the Terra Nova Consort, and made his European debut at the Tage Alter und Neuer Musik Regensburg 2000 Festival with the ensemble. In the recital David Rogers will play music by Sor, Tarrega, Pernambuco, Coste and Albeniz, as well as his own transcriptions of traditional tunes and hymns.

Doors open at 7.00pm and the recital starts promptly at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just £6 (£5 concessions) and will be available on the night but may be pre-booked by ringing the organizer on 01495 270078.

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