Lute Society Update

They are busy little customers at the Lute Society!! Goes to show that 'you can't tie a good lutenist down unless you nick his strings', (as John Dowland was once heard to remark ..)

Check out the dates below!

1. Don't miss the very last biennial Lute Society Lute Exhibition, Hackney, London, this weekend April 4th–5th

If you have ever told yourself that you ought to get to London to go along to our biennial lute exhibition in Hackney, east London, but never quite get round to it, then you really should not miss the forthcoming exhibition, as it will be the last to be held there. Our host, Gordon Gregory, feels that it is time for a change, perhaps for such events to be held elsewhere, we know not where. This last exhibition will be held at Gordon Gregory’s house, 18 Meynell Crescent, Hackney, London E9 7AS, on Saturday April 4th from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm, and Sunday April 5th from 11.00 to 4.00 pm. Contact: and see the exhibition webpage:

2. Lute Society meeting, Swedenborg Hall, Bloomsbury, London Saturday April 18th

If you happen to be in London, come along! Nigel North is giving the main recital, and we will have a full range of French Lute Society music on sale, plus our own new book of 70 Easy Pieces.

The timetable for the day will be:

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Dowland, his music and musical style, a talk by Nigel North

12.00 Demonstration of lutes from the biennial lute exhibition, played by Anna Langley
12.30 Mini-recital, of lute duets played by Luke Emmet and Kevin Drake
1.00 Break for lunch

2.15 Annual General Meeting; agenda and minutes as circulated with December Lute News3.15 Mini-recital, of baroque guitar music by Bartolotti, played by Gordon Ferries

3.45 Tea

4.15 The Lute Society recital, Nigel North plays music by John Dowland


Apr 13-19 Musica antica a Monterone/Sestone, Arezzo, with Sigrun Richter. Details:, tel: ++39 0575 772219

Apr 2–9 Easter Early Music Course St George’s School, Ascot, details: Geri Coop, 07950 054740, e:

Apr 14-17 Renaissance Music at Easter, recorders only this year, apparently Wedgwood Memorial College, Station Road, Barlaston, Stoke on Trent, Contact: 01782 372105 e: web:

Apr 14-17 Baroque Orchestra Course, with Judy Tarling, Benslow Music Trust, Benslow Music Trust, Little Benslow Hills off Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG4 9RB. Tel: 01462 459446 (fax: 440171). Email:

Apr 17–19 Motet to Oratorio, motets of the 16th century, with Philip Thorby, early music workshop, Copenhagen, e:

Apr 25–May 2 Lute, song and guitar course, Gerano, Italy with Evelyn Juten,;

May 8–10 Lautenakademie, Bremen with Ariel Abramovich, Michael Freimuth, Paul O’Dette, Lee Santana, Hochschule fur Kunste Dechanatstr 13–15, D 23195 Bremen tel: ++49 421 9595 1506 / 07 e:

May 8–10 Barocco Europeo course at Sacile (PN) with Paolo Cherici, Claudine Ansermet tel: ++39 0434 734810 e:

May 16-17 Madrigal weekend with Glenda Simpson, for voices, viols, recorders, lutes, early music workshop, Copenhagen,

May 22–24 Badenweiler Lautenkurs, with C Zimmermann, Matthias Wagner, tel: ++49 7632 828695

June 4–17 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Music Institute, with Lucas Harris, lute continuo class, University of Toronto, Canada, tel. ++1 416 964 9562, ext: 401 e: web:

Jun 10–14 Kloster Schlehdorf, Kurs Alte Musik, with Axel Wolf, Marion Teupel-Franck, tel: ++49 89/ 6012755 e:

Jun 14–20 Baroque Music Workshop Music in the Italian Cities in the 17th and 18th centuries, incl. baroque orchestra,
Sonoma State University, CA, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, PO Box 1015, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA,
tel: ++1 510 528 9808 email: web:

Jun 25–Jul 5 Oberlin baroque performance institute, Music in London 1659–1759. with Lucas Harris. Contact: Baroque Performance Institute, Conservatory of Music, 39 West College Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074 1576, USA, tel: Anna Hoffmann ++1 440 775 8044/fax: 8942 e: web:

Jun 28–Jul 4 Mediaeval and Renaissance Workshop Stories and Legends with Tim Rayborn, Sonoma State University, CA, contact: San Francisco Early Music Society, PO Box 1015, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA, tel: ++1 510 528 9808 email: web:

July 5–12 International Summer School of Early Music, Valtice, Czech Republic. with Brian Wright, Contact: The Czech Music Society, Radlicka 99, CZ 15000 Praha 5, Czech Republic. Tel/ fax: ++420 2 35 351942 /fax: 2 515 52453 e:

July 6–12 Seminaire Estival de Musique Ancienne en Wallonie, with Vincent Dumestre. Contact: 4 Dreve Flovana, 5020 Flawinne, Belgium tel/fax: ++32/0 87 77 48 82 e: web:

July 12–19 Early Music Summer School at Prachatice no lute teacher this year, Czech Republic. Contact: Jan Kvapil, Bachrova 15, 77900 Olomouc, Czech Republic tel:++420 604 280 490 fax: ++420 2 585 757 109 e: web:

July 17–26 XI Early music Summer Course in Gijón [Spain] with, Eduardo Eguez, contact: Central de Cultura Antiguo Instituto, Jovellanos 21, E 33201 Gijon, Asturias, Spain. Tel: ++0034 985 18 10 55 / fax: 17 97 64 e:

July 18–27 International Early Music course, Urbino, with Paul O’Dette et al, contact: Fondazione Italiana per la Musica Antica, Via Col di Lana 7, C.P. 6159, 00195 Roma, Italy Tel/fax: ++39 063210806 e:

July 19–25 Beauchamp House Early Music Week, Music from Eastern Music, incl. continuo course, Beauchamp House Music Courses, c/o Gloucester Academy of Music, 11a Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2NW tel: 01452 522170 e:

July 19–26 Amherst Early Music Festival at Connecticut College, New London, CT, with Doug Freundlich, Grant Herreid, Ronn McFarlane, Contact: Amherst Early Music Inc. 47 Prentiss St, Watertown MA 02472, tel: ++1 617 744 1324 / fax: 1327
e: web:

July 20–24 Early Music for Youth Summer School, with Katalin Ertsey, Warwick School, contact Alison Kinder tel: 0794 9511619 e:

July 24–Aug 2 Baroque institute at Longy School of Music, The Venice Dresden Connection, with Lucas Harris, contact Longy School of Music, One Follen St. Cambridge, MA 02138, USA, tel: ++1 617 876 0956 e: web:

July 25–31 XXXII Ringve Museum International Summer School Inderoy, Norway. tutors include Thomas Boysen; contact: St Olav Festival in Trondheim, Dronningens gt. 1B, N-7410 Trondheim, tel/fax: ++47 404 04 584 e:

July 25–Aug 1 Dartington International Summer School, week 1, Music of Louis XIV, and Lute class with David Miller. Contact: DISS, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE tel: ++44/(0)1803 847080 (/fax: 847087). email:

July 26–31 Vancouver Early Music Programme, lute workshop, R Barto, J Heringman, P O’Brien, N. North, Contact: Jose Verstappen, Vancouver Early Music Program and Festival, 1254 W 7th Ave, Vancouver BC V6H 1B6, Canada, tel: ++1 604 732 1601 / fax: 1602 e:, The Baroque vocal programme with Ray Nurse and Ellen Hargis runs through to Aug 7.

July 26–Aug 1 Stage de musique baroque, with Leonardo Loredo, Centre les Coulmes, Col de Romeyere, F 38680 Rencurel, France, tel: ++33/0 4 75 76 42 82 e: web:

July 26-Aug 2 Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools: week 1, Handel in England baroque music with the Parley of Instruments, Contact: Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ tel: 01223 847330 e: website:

Jul 25–31 North West Early Music Forum School, with Martin Eastwell, Ambleside, contact: Roger Wilkes, Director NWEMF Summer School, 28 Carlisle Close, Mobberley, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 7HO, tel: 01565 872650, email:

Aug 1–8 Dartington International Summer School, week 2, Bach Xmas oratorio with baroque orchestra; lute and lute song with Michael Fields, contact: as week 1

Aug 1-8 Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School XXXIX (NORVIS), incl. Dido & Aeneas, College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham, with Martin Eastwell, Stewart McCoy, Contact: 01652 678230 e:

Aug 2–8 Dolmetsch summer school, at Llandovery college, opportunities for ensemble playing?, contact: Dolmetsch Foundation, Heartsease, Grayswood Rd Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2BS, tel: ++44/0 1428 643235 e: web:

Aug 2–9 Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools: week 2 renaissance music, Renaissance Music for Voices and Instruments, Contact: Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ tel: 01223 847330 e: e: website:

Aug 2–9 Internationales Seminar fur Alte Musik , Music 1730-1800, with Hubert Hofffmann, Schloss Zrel an der Pram, Oberosterreich, Austria, contact:Christa Pesendorfer, Hauptstr. 61b/8, A 3001, Mauerbach bei Wien, Austria, tel/fax: ++43 1 979 5898 e:

Aug 2-9 32nd Baroque Week, Oxford, baroque chamber playing. Contact: Peter Collier, 13 Brackley Road, Monton, Eccles,
Manchester M30 9LG, tel: 0161 281 2502. e: web:

Aug 3–8 Sommerakademie fur alte Musik, with Jakob Lindberg, Neuburg an der Donau, Contact: Sommerakademie Neuburg, Amt fur Kultur & Touristik, Residenzstr. A 66, D 86633 Neuburg am Donau, tel: ++ 49 8431 55 234

Aug 5–13 V Savaria early music summer course with Istvan Konya, RZM Szombathely PF 397, Hungary, H-9700 tel: +3630 3110435 e:, web:

Aug 6–16 La Pellegrina summer school, Monteverdi and Czech contemporaries Bechyne, Czech republic, Contact: La Pellegrina, Dirkjan Horringa, Merwedeplansoen 73, 3522 JZ Utrecht, Netherlands, tel: ++31 30 2382535 e: web:

Aug 8-16 Lute building summer school, with David van Edwards, Norwich, to work together and build two 7-course lutes to donate to the Lute Society for schools project, contact David van Ewards, 6 Whitwell Road, Norwich NR1 4HB, tel: 01603 629899 e:

Aug 11-16 11th Chalemie Summer School of Early Music, Dance and Commedia, Oxford, with Matthew Spring et al. Contact: Barbara Segal, tel: 020 7700 4293 / f: 7700 5877, or Chalemie Summer School, 3 Thornhill Square, Islington, London N1 1BQ, e: web:

Aug 11–20 Stage ‘Cordes et vents en Ardeche’ Purcell King Arthur, tel: ++33/0 4 75 39 69 91 e:

Aug 13–23 Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera, Academia d’Amore with Stephen Stubbs, continuo, Elizabeth Brown, lute, Contact: Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera, 1525 NE Elshin Pl, Seattle WA 98125 tel/fax: ++1 206 913 2073 e: http://www.seattleacademyof/

Aug 15–22 Early Music Week at Pinewoods, nr Plymouth MA, Contact: The Country Dance and Song Society, PO Box 338, Haydenville, MA 01039-0338 USA, tel: ++1 413 268 7426 ext 3 /fax: 268 7471, e: web:

Aug 23–30 7e Atelier de musique ancienne, [making an organistrum rather than a lute this year], plus lectures and courses, Gruyeres, Fribourg, Switzerland. Contact: Association Guitare et Luth, Case Postale 2254, 1630 Bulle 2, ++41 79 400 6462 e:

Oct 16–21 Sing from the heart at West Dean, with Michael Fields and Evelyn TubbWest Dean College, West Dean, Chichester PO18 0QZ tel 0844 4994408 or from overseas ++44 1243 811301 / fax: 811343 e: web:

Oct 17–18 Mulheim/Baden Spielertreffen, with Carsten Timpe, Haydnweg 21, D 79395, Neuenburg; e:

Nov 26–29 Lute course at Castle Alteglofsheim with Stefan Lundgren, Stewart McCoy and Miguel Serdoura, Contact:
S Lundgran, O Alvarsdalsvagen 32, SE 38792 Borgholm, tel: ++46 485/563207 e:
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