News and Updates from the Lute Society


‘Had we but world enough and time’ concert of Cavalier partsongs, by Wilson, Locke, William and Henry Lawes, plus on or two Dowland and Purcell songs, depicting the life of a cavalier in an hour of music; Jeni Melia and Helen Price, sopranos, Chris Goodwin, lute, theorbo, baritone. 3pm St Bene’t’s Church, tickets on the door, £12/£9.


Dear Lute Society member,

The Dutch Lute Society has been able, after years of talking about it, to publish the famous Thysius Lute book , one of the few preserved Dutch Lute books, compiled at the beginning of the seventeenth century. It is the world’s most comprehensive Lute book, with more then 500 pages of lute-music and about 900 pieces of all sorts, in French tablature.
It varies from a broad international repertoire to Dutch song-tunes, from pieces that are easy to play to more complicated music.

The Dutch Lute Society is able to sell the book for € 98,- (excluding package and mailing costs), but only until the 1st of September! After that, due to the agreement with the co-editor, the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (KVNM), the price will be €140,-, with a reduction for members of 20%.
The publication consist of three hard-backed volumes, held together by a box.
Some examples of the music can be seen at the website of the Dutch Lute Society:, at which you can also find how to order the book.

For questions about the publication you can send an email to: (Joost van Poppel)

Best regards,
Dutch Lute Society,

Ciska Mertens,


You are warmly invited to the Giltspur Singers’ Summer Concert, Hear My Prayer, which will feature the music of Purcell and Mendelssohn, who were born 350 and 200 years ago this year, respectively.
The concert will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday 16th July at the Temple Church.
The programme will included some well-known and some not-so-well-known choral pieces by both composers, including their settings of ‘Hear My Prayer’. It is a great privilege for us to perform Mendelssohn’s setting (with its famous solo ‘O for the wings of a dove’) in the Temple Church, where Ernest Lough’s renowned recordings were made. Other pieces will include Purcell’s dramatic Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes and his deeply moving Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our Hearts; and secular partsongs and sumptuous double-choir motets by Mendelssohn. In additional to the choral music, there will be a performance of a Purcell trio sonata on recorders and chamber organ, and Mendelssohn’s 3rd organ sonata.


Contact Ray Black if any of the following appeal:

Trade anyone? I have the following to swap or sell
LP records:
1. David Munro/Early Music Consort of London: The Hobbit
2. Daniel Benkö: Bakfark
3. Rooley & others: Dowland. Complete Lute Music (6LP box)
4. Joseph Payne: Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (3LP box)
5. Consort of Musicke: Dowland – Lachrimae 1604
6. Synfonye: Bella Donna
Plus more. Ask for list.
Magazines and Music Books:
1. Early Music first 24 issues
2. Brian Jeffery: Songs for voice and guitar.(19 cent.)
3. Filippo Dalla Casa: Suonate Di Celebri Autori per L’Arcileuto Francese
4. Marcello: Suonate a Flauto Solo & bass continuo

Lute Music I am looking for
1. Thesaurus Harmonicus
2. Thomas Robinson: The Schoole of Musicke
3. Wemyss Lute Book
4. A song book containing mainly folk songs with lute accompaniments


Early intermediate lute player in Bournemouth area seeks duet partner or similar, contact Alex Hughes, tel: 0793 1397217

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