Lute Society News


A lute player of good standard is needed to participate in a small theatre production of ‘Ages ofMan’ to be performed by actor George Innes in Barons Court, SW London, during 8-10 March 2010.

The one- man play was first performed by John Gielgud and contains extracted speeches from Shakespeare. A lute player will contribute to the performance at strategic points and intervals to add atmosphere and accent. Probably up to 20 mins playing of early lute music will be required during the two hour play with flexibility in the selection of material.

All expenses will be paid and there is some possibility of renumeration, but this is mainly an opportunity to perform and gain experience in a theatrical environment.

Interested? Please contact George Innes on 020-8853-2187


Dear musician,

I run a number of classes for adults at Morley College [near Waterloo station -], some of which need more students.

In particular, the Flute Continuation class urgently needs more people to join the current small but dedicated band. This friendly group runs from 8 to 9.30pm on Thursdays, and is suitable for those playing at a minimum standard of around Grade 4 and keen to develop their knowledge of repertoire, phrasing and ensemble skills.

There is also space available in the Flute Elementary class -Thursdays 6.30 - 8pm, approximately Grade 1 - 3 standard];
the Recorder Beginners class [Tuesdays 4 - 5.30, approximately Grade 1 - 3 standard];
the Recorder Elementary class [Tuesdays 5.30 - 7pm, approximately Grade 3 - 5 standard];
and the Recorder Consorts class [Tuesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm, minimum Grade 6 standard].

Finally, Morley College is planning to reinstate the Baroque Consort [Tuesdays 7 - 9, instruments and voices working at A=415 - not taught by me].

For information about this class and about enrolling on the others, please contact the Music Secretary at Morley College [Tel. 020.7928.8501; email]
For more information about the content of Flute and Recorder class, please contact me [tel. 020.8941.4917; email]

Please circulate this message to anyone it might interest, and please let me know if you do not wish to receive infrequent notice of my early music concerts.

Best wishes for 2010!
William Summers;
early Flutes; Recorders; Windcap instruments.


As Chairman of Snodland Historical Society I subscribe to the Origins Network for help with family history queries, etc. They have just put on-line lists of the 'Association Oath Rolls 1696', organized by Company. One of these is given as the 'Royal Lutestring Company', which I'd never heard of, but which has 110 names (many French) and again virtually all unknown to me. I wonder if anyone in the Lute Society can enlighten me? In any case, members might like to follow this up in any way they can. The Musicians' Company has 34 names.

The original reference is at the National Archives: C213/171/398 for the Lutestring Company (and for the musicians C213/171/51). I attach a list of the names in case you would like to include them (surname before Christian name), transcribed by Clifford Webb (who should be acknowledged I think). Apparently there is a note on the musicians: 'the rest of the members are in the king's service and could not be found' and Clifford prints a warning that some of the writing is illegible. Was there enough work for them all, or does the title hide a more varied employment?

If you can help, please contact me, Andrew Ashbee, e;

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