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

Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

Image: Hisapanica Lyra, Revista de la Sociedad de la Vihuela, no. 22, November 2016. I have had a brief article of mine published in Hispanica Lyra (journal of the Sociedad de la Viheula in Spain), on the Wallace Collection’s intriguing Portrait of a man with a Lute (P542). The painting is also featured on the…… Continue reading Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

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

Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Photo: JMW Turner, Warwick Castle, 1830-31, watercolour on paper. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. A complete list of blogs I’ve written thus far… Click the text to follow the links. Our Warwickshire George Greville,  2nd Earl of Warwick, Connoisseur Collector (2 parts) The Warwick Gittern An exceedingly rare lute by Hans Frei The Noble Imp’s Armour…… Continue reading Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Candlelit Lute Concert

A link to a short recording from a fabulous concert held in East Shefford Church earlier this autumn. Music included pieces by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Henry Purcell, Robert de Visee and Giovanni Kapsberger. There are already plans in the pipeline to repeat elsewhere next year. Details coming soon…hopefully.   https://youtu.be/hqgCG6fB4Yk