The first reviews for Elizabeth’s Lutes are beginning to trickle in:
“[A]n enchanting collection of fine performances of lute repertoire from a number of composers from the time of the court of Elizabeth I. Very enjoyable.”
“According to the programme notes, these pieces are notoriously tricky to play, although I wouldn’t have noticed that from Alex McCartney’s assured performance here. … Alex McCartney’s playing is sensitive and musical, and the recording picks up the sound of the lute very well.”
Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Review
As a result of my ‘Beginners Lute Course’ being so popular and in order to develop my own pedagogy further, I have decided to create an intermediate lute course. The course will consist of fifteen extended lessons; I will introduce longer pieces and go into more technical and musical detail using the same teaching structure that has been successful in the beginners course.
I am in the process of selecting and grading the pieces at the moment. If anyone (particularly a current subscriber) has any suggestions of how to improve on the current course, I would be grateful to hear from you.