Join us for another interesting meeting, this time in London, on 27th January 2019. ‘Historical [Re-]Construction’, with speakers to include Michael Fleming and John Bryan

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New Section in the Thematic Index! A start has been made with listing entries on 'Restoration Theatre and Instrumental Music'. More to come soon. A huge Thanks to Andrew Ashbee who keeps working on the Thematic Index

Going on a course? Doing research? Get assistance from the Joy Dodson Music Fund

VdGS Music Editions - print your own! If you own an A3 printer, have a large tablet, or have a local printing service then you may prefer to purchase VdGS music editions in PDF format at half the price of printed editions (so for members that is one quarter of full price) - these files are for purchasers’ use only and not for re-distribution in any form. The PDF files will contain the cover, score and parts as A4 pages for use on a tablet and with instructions for how to print these in booklet form on an A3 printer duplex printer using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Order as usual by emailing Stephen Pegler - details under 'Publications > Music Editions'.

2017 JOURNAL The 2017 Journal is now downloadable from this site (look under 'Publications').
Crowdfunding until 11 December

Orlando Gibbons Project - Phase 2: Consort Anthems. Support this project here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/orlando-gibbons-project-phase-2

Musica Britannica Summer Sale 2018

50% off selected volumes! Our first ever Musica Britannica Sale is now on, with a massive 50% discount on more than 50 volumes, including some of the most important critical editions in the British musical repertoire from composers such as Arne, Blow, Boyce, Field, Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes, Locke, Parry, Stanford and Tomkins. Until 31 August 2018

Michael Fleming and John Bryan Early English Viols (Routledge, 2016)
Winner of the Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize
Musical repertory of great importance and quality was performed on viols in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. This is reported by Thomas Mace (1676) who says that ’Your Best Provision’ for playing such music is a chest of old English viols, and he names five early English viol makers than which ’there are no Better in the World’. Enlightened scholars and performers (both professional and amateur) who aim to understand and play this music require reliable historical information and need suitable viols, but so little is known about the instruments and their makers that we cannot specify appropriate instruments with much precision. Our ignorance cannot be remedied exclusively by the scrutiny or use of surviving antique viols because they are extremely rare, they are not accessible to performers and the information they embody is crucially compromised by degradation and alteration. Drawing on a wide variety of evidence including the surviving instruments, music composed for those instruments, and the documentary evidence surrounding the trade of instrument making, Fleming and Bryan draw significant conclusions about the changing nature and varieties of viol in early modern England.
Andrew Ashbee The Harmonious Musick of John Jenkins. Volume I - The Fantasias for Viols. £5 hardback, £3 paperback! Special offer while stock lasts! Send a cheque with your address to Andrew Ashbee, 214 Malling Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5EQ. Volume II (Suites, Airs and Vocal Music) is in preparation and will be available soon at full price
DIAMM facsimiles at reduced price Due to DIAMM Publications' old distributors closing unexpectedly last year, our book stock has been moved to new warehousing twice in the last few months, and in the process quite a lot of copies were bumped around. Rather than throw these out we are selling them at a substantial discount. They are not priced individually so they are on sale on a 'lucky dip' basis: some may be all but perfect, others may not be so good (though they are generally not badly bumped, just can't be sold as perfect). Go to the online shop to take a look for 'seconds' prices and to put in orders (because of the weight, postage is still payable, but is free if picked up from Oxford). Dow at £100, Byrd at £15, Henry VIII at £75, Ferrell-Vg £420, Eton £100
Cambridge Instrument Agency Own a period instrument? Would you like to share it with younger generations? Cambridge Early Music has teamed up with Cambridge Music Hub and the Academy of Ancient Music to conduct a pilot to compile an inventory of period instruments (used or unused) which could be lent and borrowed by young artists and students in the locality. If the response is positive we aim to expand this pilot on a national level and produce a national online inventory.
About the Viola da Gamba Society

The Viola da Gamba Society was founded in 1948 with the aim of advancing the study of viols, their music, their playing, and their making. Since then the Viola da Gamba Society has gone from strength to strength and has now over 500 members worldwide. The activities of the VdGS include three meetings a year and the distribution of a popular quarterly newsletter, and extend to hosting a bi-annual beginners' course, a busy viol hire scheme, an annual online journal and a fund to help young players attend courses.

A 'History of the Viola da Gamba Society 1948-1998' by Dr John Catch is available for purchase from the administrator.
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