News from the Lute Society


Lute player seeks young musicians (students) from New Forest area (Southampton, Salisbury, Bournemouth) to perform Renaissance chamber music together:- viola da gamba player- singer- flute playerContact: Kate Siewiera, email:, tel.:07920116048.


By the way - I may have missed this from the LS... but Jacob Heringman will be giving lessons at the Early Music Shop in Saltaire, Bradford on December 4th and 18th.
I don't know how reservations have gone. I've booked mine at £30 for an hour. Is it worth circulating/



Dear Musician

Morley harps in England who have been in business from 1817 and purchased the old Erard Business in London in1890 with that purchase came a library of music and music books.

We have now decided to sell , first the Guitar Music Library and I enclose x l files of some of the music, and a pdf file of some of the Etchings and prints.

The sale of Guitar music will be in February and the harp music will be 2010-2111

If you would like details of the sale , or are interested in any item please make contact

Clive Morley

NB The adobe file of pictures will not print out and should only be viewed on computer
21 prints / etchings

Clive Morley
Clive Morley Harps Ltd
Filkins Lechlade
Gloucestershire England GL7 3 JG


The Frolick announces two new dates for your 2010 diary - We hope to see you there!
Tuesday 23rd February 2010 – ‘The Frolick with Calliope’ at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NR to celebrate the launch of The Friends of The Frolick. We are delighted to be invited by Bob and Elisabeth Boas to perform at their beautiful home in London’s West End, and we hope that you will take this opportunity to join us to celebrate our Friends launch as part of their exclusive concert series. Evenings at the Boas’ are always fabulously enjoyable occasions. Drinks reception at 7pm, Music from 7.30, Drinks and conversation after the concert. For further details please email us at

Wednesday 7th July 2010 – ‘The Frolick with Calliope’ at Buckingham Summer Festival, Radclife Centre, Church Street, Buckingham.

Further details from Buckingham Summer Festival nearer the time.

Both these concerts will feature Emma Curtis (contralto, director), Andrew Maginley (lute and baroque guitars, director), Jim O’Toole (baroque violin/folk fiddle), Frances Kelly (triple harp, celtic wire-strung harp) and Natasha Kraemer (baroque ‘cello) in an evening of frivolity, sophistication, exuberance and wit.

The Frolick with Calliope -
In London in the 1740s, a time when society prized illusion and intrigue above all, subverting the accepted sexual system was fair game. Men with high voices ruled the stage, and cross-dressing abounded for comic affect or for survival. Londoner's have not changed so much in three-hundred years. Songs are still about the same things: Girls that are just after money; others searching for real love; a guy who wants to get a date; and even the best friend that wants to take him out to drown his sorrows. Poetry and fantasy combine with the luminous colours of original baroque instruments to create an opulent adventure in 18th-century entertainment.
If you would like to support The Frolick but are unable to join us for a performance please send an email to


DEC 19TH @ St Ia's Church, St Ives, Cornwall - BEN SALFIELD'S 21ST ANNIVERSARY CONCERT A special concert by Ben Salfield (lute) to celebrate 21 years of professional performances, at the venue where his career began.
The performance includes sets by Daughters of Elvin, the medieval music group, Moorish fusion trio Horsemen of the Apocalypse and classical guitar legend Andrea Dieci, who is coming out for Milan especially for the show. Tickets are £12 for adults, with accompanied under 16s FREE. Please call 01872 263170 for reservations. Thanks buddy, people here still talk of your performance at the Tolmen Symposium! Regards Ben
Ben Salfield
PO Box 32
Truro TR1 3TZ


if you happen to be free this lunchtime, Friday 27th Nov, do come to the concert given by four fab flutes,
or forward this email to amyone who might be interested. Thank you Julia Raeburn

four fab flutes ......
(Mary Ann Kernan Marianne McGhee Janice Norman Julia Raeburn)
St Johns Church Spencer Hill (St Johns Rd)
Wimbledon SW19 4NZ

Fri 27th Nov 1.00-1.45 (latest) free admission
programme includes "Jour d'ete a la Montagne" by Eugene Bozza
the wonderful foot-tapping "Gaelic Offering" quartet by Catherine McMichael
...and arrangements of other dance-pieces - e.g. Lord of the Dance and the Floral Dance


including one featuring Stephanie Feeney and her lute, tonight 25th November, 8pm, Roxy Bar and Screen, 128 Borough High St, London SE1 1LB


Thames Valley Early Music Forum
A Latin-American Christmas
A workshop for singers and instrumentalists with Jeffrey Skidmore
Sunday 6th December 2009, 10am for 10.30 until 5.30pm
at the Drake Hall, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AH

You are invited to our annual Christmas workshop which this time is for singers, and players of viols, violin family, cornett, sackbut, curtal, a limited number of recorders and as much plucked and keyboard continuo as possible. Pitch will be A=440. Jeffrey writes that the day will be “an exploration of the extraordinary Baroque music of Latin American with its fusion of Amero-Indian, European and African elements. We will perform in Inca and Aztec languages as well as Spanish and Latin and look at music from Mexico, Peru and Bolivia.”

Jeffrey Skidmore is well-known for exciting programming which is often challenging but always accessible. He read music at Magdalen College, Oxford, before returning to his native Birmingham to develop Ex Cathedra into the internationally-acclaimed choral group it has become today. He is a pioneer in the field of research and performance of neglected choral works of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and has won wide acclaim in particular for his recordings of French and Latin American Baroque music with Ex Cathedra for Hyperion. He has directed the first performances of many new editions, including two French Baroque operas, Zaide by Royer and Isis by Lully. As well as concentrating on conducting and research, he is artistic director of the Early Music Programme at the Birmingham Conservatoire and a regular conductor at Dartington International Summer School as well as many workshops around the Country.

The day will start with coffee at 10.00 am and finish by 5.30 pm. Lunch is likely to be from about 12.30 until 1.45 and, as usual at our Christmas event, will be communal. You are asked to bring a contribution - to the first course if your surname starts with A to M and to the second if it starts with N to Z. You may choose to be inspired by our Latin-American theme but that isn’t essential. Please put perishable contributions in the fridge when you arrive, and leave anything that would be better kept cool in your car (if you came in one), assuming that the weather is cold. A glass of wine or juice will be provided, as will bread and butter. Please be prepared to volunteer on the catering front at some time during the day, as there will be lots to do (though the Centre has an excellent dishwasher).

Amersham Community Centre is only a few minutes walk from Amersham station. Turn right out of the station and follow the road round past the Health Centre and the library. The Community Centre is on the right almost immediately after the pedestrian crossing, and the hall is in the building on the right at the back of the car park, almost opposite the entrance. There is work on the line so those coming by train will need to catch the 9.15 to Beaconsfield from Marylebone followed by a bus, arriving at Amersham station at 10.05. Don’t forget to book to Amersham, not Beaconsfield. The return connecting bus leaves Amersham station at 5.40 pm and we will stop in time for you to catch it. Please check these times on the Chiltern Railways web site nearer the time. There is space on the form to offer or ask for a lift. Parking is free at the Community Centre and in the library car park. If you search for the post code HP6 5AH you will see the Centre just underneath the arrow.

The cost will be £10 for Early Music Forum members, £12 for others. The hall is a large one, but this is likely to be a popular course so please book early to be sure of a place. Maps, receipts and acknowledgements will not be sent out unless requested with a SAE or email address. You can assume you have been accepted unless you hear to the contrary. Please send the attached form before November 21st to: Victoria Helby, 50 Sheepfold Lane, Amersham HP7 9EJ (01494 721582 not between 4 & 7 on weekdays) (Please use a separate cheque if you are also applying to the baroque chamber music day.)

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