Desmond Dupré, lutenist to Alfred Deller, and much more besides.

Desmond Dupré taught himself to play the lute and viola da gamba at a time when players of both were scarce. He worked with i.a. Thurston Dart, Raymond Leppard, David Munrow and, from 1947 until his death, Alfred Deller. He played in more than a dozen groups, such as Musica Reservata, the Jaye Consort and the London Consort of Viols, took part in many ad hoc ensembles, and regularly playing obligato parts in Bach’s Passions. […]

A pioneer of the British lute revival, now aged 94, recalls his early days

Apart from making instruments such as the Renaissance guitar, vihuela, cittern, orpharion, French mandore, viola de mano and bandora (including one for James Tyler), and playing all of the above, Donald Gill also wrote two small books and contributed authoritative articles to the Galpin Society Journal, the Lute Society Journal and Grove. […]

Diana Poulton, pioneer lutenist & Dowland expert – the biography

An introduction to the fascinating life of Diana Poulton who was an early music pioneer, lutenist, editor, and biographer of John Dowland. Poulton studied with Arnold Dolmetsch, extensively researched early sources herself and taught several generations of lutenists, many of whom have since become internationally famous. […]

Early Dolmetsch family recordings on CD

The Dolmetsch Family with Diana Poulton: Pioneer Early Music Recordings, volume 1 is an important historical document for anyone who’s interested in two generations of early music pioneers who were active before the Leonhardt/Harnoncourt era even began. […]