Join us for another interesting meeting, this time on 22nd September 2019 at St Gabriel’s Halls, Churchill Gardens, London SW1V 3AA. The day will feature a talk by luthier Arnaud Giral and Andreas Linos on the instruments of Henry Jaye. Alison Kinder will lead a playing session on the music of Michael East.

New Password for Members' Area As announced earlier, the password for the members' area was changed on 1st June 2019 If you are experiencing problems accessing those pages please get in touch with the Administrator on admin@vdgs.org.uk

Facebook We are still trying to merge our two Facebook pages and are now using https://www.facebook.com/violadagambasocietyGB/ as our main page

Instrument transport needed The VdGS was recently given a bass and a treble viol for use by the hire scheme and we are looking for a way of getting them from Oxford to Stoke Newington. If anyone is going that way or can think of a method of breaking the journey in two, please get in touch with Susanne (webmaster@vdgs.org.uk). The treble has no case.

Stolen instruments Louise Harper writes: I lost three instruments in a burglary on Tuesday evening 26 March in Edgbaston, Birmingham, including the viol I recently bought from seeing an advert on the VdGS website, and am trying to do everything I can to find them, even though I know it’s a long shot. Here is some information about them, just in case you come across them at all or can spread the word any further than I already have. 1. Full-sized Montagnana cello with two bows. Hard British racing green case covered in various stickers (mostly countries in Europe and a Southampton Youth Orchestra sticker at the top). Inside lining is burgundy. 2. Uebel bass viol. Six strings with the top string worn down. Hard black case. One bow. Inside lining is green. This is quite a small bass viol, so could possibly be mistaken for a tenor. 3. Parrot French horn. Dark-red damaged case with one buckle broken off. I doubt you’ll ever bump into any of these, but please let me know if you do. I really appreciate any help at all. Many thanks, Louise Harper 07969041345

2018 JOURNAL The 2018 Journal is now downloadable from this site (look under 'Publications').

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 - download the guidelines

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'.

Consultation on non-elephant ivory ban

There is an online consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. They say that they are interested in receiving evidence on trade in ivory from these species and are particularly interested to hear from those with a specialist knowledge on the conservation of these species, the trade in ivory from these species, antique dealers and collectors, the musical instrument industry, and any other interested parties

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
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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