NEXT MEETING Join us for another interesting meeting, this time in Oxford, on 22nd April 2017, a day with Simone Eckert and Buxtehude.

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. As a trial we are offering this to members at half price (one quarter of full price) - these files are for purchasersí 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 contacting Stephen Pegler - details under 'Publications > Music Editions'.

2017 Website This site should now be mobile and tablet friendlier than the previous version

2016 JOURNAL The 2016 Journal is now downloadable from this site (look under 'Publications'). Also you can find there the Index of Manuscripts which was so far only available in print.
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
Crowdfunding for recordings These days it is rare to get a recording contract at all, never mind being paid for doing the work, the church hire and the engineer. Many ensembles are forced to find money elsewhere and are looking to crowdfunding:
'Am Habsburger Hof' (Wien 1660-1690), a first recording by Ensemble Wemakeit (violin, viol, keyboard)
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 re 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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