Talk: National Gallery – Time & Transience

Image: (detail) The Four Ages of Man, Valentin de Boulogne, National Gallery, London. I’m honoured to be giving another public talk at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square this year. On 6th March, starting at 1pm, I’ll be focusing in on the themes of Time & Transience in Art and Music, particularly in relation to…… Continue reading Talk: National Gallery – Time & Transience

The Art of Melancholy – Heni Talk

Last November I had the great pleasure of recording a condensed lecture of mine for Heni Talks, focusing in on the history and cultural associations of melancholy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As part of the lecture I also performed two pieces of lute song, with Soprano Faith Waddell, which brought the theme to…… Continue reading The Art of Melancholy – Heni Talk

Gainsborough’s Cittern (?)

Image: Sourced from the website. It was announced in the press today that an extremely fine ‘Lost’ portrait by Thomas Gainsborough is going on public display for the first time in 131 years. Identified as the artists’s daughter Margaret Gainsborough, the picture is believed to have remained in the painter’s possession and was in…… Continue reading Gainsborough’s Cittern (?)

Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Image: Photograph by Lara Arnott – I recently had the great pleasure of giving a short talk and performance at the Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings preview in London. The talk focused on the significance of the lute in a picture featured in the OMP Evening Sale. The painting depicted a female lutenist and was…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

NEMA Newsletter – Lute Event

The National Early Music Association have published a short article of mine in their recent Newsletter. It focuses on the sold-out lecture I gave in November on the c.1550 Hans Frei Lute preserved in the Warwickshire County Museum. Click here to read the two page article

The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

Image; Detail of A Woman Playing a Lute to Two Men by Gerard Ter Borch, 1667-8. National Gallery, London. I am very excited to announce the details of a course I will be leading at the National Gallery on 19th April 2018. Entitled The Prince of Instruments – The Lute in Art this day long course…… Continue reading The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

Warwickshire Lute Podcast

Image: The Warwick Frei Lute, by Hans Frei of Bologna, c.1550. Warwickshire Museum. I’ve recorded a short podcast to promote the re-display of the Warwickshire Museum’s mid sixteenth century lute by Hans Frei of Bologna. The podcast features a brief description of the instrument, and an interview with the museum’s Curator of Human History, Sara…… Continue reading Warwickshire Lute Podcast