National Gallery Talk – Holbein’s Lute

Image: Detail from Hans Holbein’s Ambassadors, National Gallery, London. I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be giving another talk at the National Gallery, London, on 20th September 2017. The talk will focus on the symbolism and significance of the marvellously painted lute which features in Holbein’s Ambassadors. The lecture was researched in association with London…… Continue reading National Gallery Talk – Holbein’s Lute

Wallace Collection – Podcast

Image: Portrait of a man with a lute, unknown artist, The Wallace Collection; Photographs from Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris workshop. I’ve made a podcast for the Wallace Collection focusing on a enigmatic portrait in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. Entitled ‘Portrait of a young man with a lute’, and attributed an unknown Tuscan painter,…… Continue reading Wallace Collection – Podcast

Lute Concert – Northamptonshire

Image: Detail from Isaac Oliver’s ‘A party in the open air’ in the National Gallery of Denmark. Delighted to be performing a lute concert in Plumpton, St John the Baptist, Northamptonshire, on 4th August 2017. Entitled ‘An English Arcadia’, music will include songs by John Dowland, Robert Johnson and Henry Purcell. More details here; http://www.northamptonshiresurprise.com/organisation/plumpton-st-john-the-baptist/

NADFAS Directory Day

A great day had at the annual NADFAS Directory Day held in Westminster Central Hall last Wednesday. Despite the shocking and horrific events occurring in the square opposite the venue, spirits and attendance were both remarkably high. Lots of bookings made for talks on ‘The Queen of Instruments: The Lute in Old Master Painting’, and…… Continue reading NADFAS Directory Day

Free Lute Concert & Talk – Shrewsbury

Image: Interior of St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury. I’m giving a free lute concert (and accompanying talk) at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, on Saturday 11th March at 2pm. No need to book, just turn up! Donations to the Churches Conservation Trust (The CCT) will be taken at the end. Music will include pieces by Dowland, Holborn…… Continue reading Free Lute Concert & Talk – Shrewsbury

National Gallery Talk – Listen and Look

Image: Hendrick ter Brugghen, A man playing a lute, oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. On Wednesday 26th April I’ll be giving my first talk at the National Gallery, London, focusing on the Ter Brugghen’s A man playing a lute. The lute was used by painters to express various ideas, apart from the obvious allusions…… Continue reading National Gallery Talk – Listen and Look