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Theorbo Today is an on-going project, with ideas and plans for development in the pipeline. See below for the latest news (and follow us on facebook!)

Click here for news of the 2nd stage of the Theorbo Today project:

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the harpsichord across time and borders

A new project has been added to the Theorbo Today stable: Inventions, the Harpsichord across Time and Borders.  Running concurrently in England, Scotland and Ireland, with concerts in autumn 2024 in all three countries, this is an ambitious collaboration to produce new commissions alongside unusual historical harpsichord repertoire, championing regional composers and focusing on female composers.

Sopriola Commissions

Janet Oates (Theorbo Today project leader) and Yu Hng Ng, who wrote for Theorbo Today part 2, have been commissioned by Sopriola to write works for 2024, as part of their new concert tour, ending at the 2024 Viola d'amore Congress in Palermo.  Sopriola is an unusual duo of soprano (Rachel Godshill) and viola d'amore (Rachel Stott) - a beautiful cousin of the viol with sympathetic resonating strings, popular in the baroque period.

Performance dates will be posted here. 

New YouTube channel

Theorbo Today now has its own video channel on YouTube - link below. We'll be adding new recordings as they are created, and linking to recordings of interest. If you'd like us to share one of your videos (of relevant contemporary music for theorbo or lute, early ensemble or similar) then contact us!

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article in the NEMA newsletter

The National Early Music Association puts out two newsletters each year. The spring 2022 edition has now been produced, though owing to technical difficulties it won't be on their website for a month or two. But I've read it all and there is a wealth of fascinating articles in it, including  a lovely big article on the Theorbo Today project, which will hopefully reach many performers and enthusiasts of early instruments!  

on the radio...

Janet was on Riverside Radio on November 20th (2021), in an hour-long special discussing the whole project with host Andy Bungay. Several of the pieces were played in their entirety. The programme can be heard here: 

Composer news

We're delighted to hear that Susie Vaughan's piece La Conversation Enchantée for baroque instruments has been chosen as one of the three winning compositions in this year’s Ružičková Composition Competition! Find out more here:

related repertoire

We've published a new page on this site to showcase repertoire that, though not written specifically for our project, is relevant to it: new music for historical instruments. Visit the site  here to see pieces by project composers and other colleagues. Contact us if you'd like to have your piece linked on our website! 

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We're working with lutenist Ryan Closs to entabulate several scores from the first stage of Theorbo Today.

It's an interesting challenge to incorporate the contemporary elements and complexities - the drafts are looking great! Contact us if you're interested in seeing these new pieces in tablature format.

Below - extract of the draft entabulation (by Ryan Closs) of Peter Openshaw's An Even Sadder Pavane

scores in French tablature

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