First Consortium Research Prize to Luca Soattin

In 2021 the Consortium Research prize was awarded for the first time, to Luca Soattin for his research on the largely unexplored transitional guitar of five single strings. The prize is meant to encourage the sharing of for new facts, thoughts, and findings in the field of the classical guitar.

Luca’s winning article, ‘Were all guitars of the nineteenth century ‘Romantic’? A study of iconography and organology in the 18th and 19th century’ can be found here:

The Andrew Britton Fellow for 2021

The Andrew Britton Fellow for 2021 is Romaric Martin (France). 

After obtaining, in 2011, the first prize in guitar and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux in the class of Olivier Chassain, he continued his studies at the Pôle Supérieur de Spectacle Vivant in Rennes where he studied with Hervé Merlin, Pablo Marquez, Roberto Aussel, Michel Grizard and Francisco Bernier. In 2015, he completed his Bachelor’s degree with the Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musique and finished, the following year, his training for the Diplôme d’Etat de professeur de guitare at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Poitou-Charentes.

Working with Bruno Marlat since 2009, Romaric specializes in romantic guitar and obtained in 2017 a master’s degree in early music at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et de Danse de Poitou-Charentes and at the University of Poitiers. During this training he was introduced to baroque guitar and continuo with Beatrice Pornon and Pascal Dubreuil.

The Consortium was especially taken with Romaric’s proposed research into The French guitarist and composer François Doisy (1748-1806).

A book on the Eglantine Table

The Elizabethan table at Hardwick Hall, known as the Eglantine Table, was manufactured in the later 1560s, probably in London. It provides a unique and detailed visual record of contemporary wind and stringed instruments. The Table was cleaned and restored in the 1990s and may therefore be seen today in something much closer to its original glory; nonetheless, no comprehensive visual record of the marquetry on the surface has ever been published, and it has never been systematically studied. This book, with essays by an international team of contributors, is designed to fill that gap. It contains a full-colour record of the Table, with individual chapters on all of the fifteen instruments shown including violins, a lute, a harp, a cittern, a guitar and various woodwind and brass.

Here is a link to the publisher’s page.

A new book in honour of Christopher Page

A new book on Music and Instruments of the Middle Ages was published in honour of Christopher Page. For more information see here or here.

Editors are Tess Knighton and David Skinner. Contributors: Elizabeth Aubrey, Anna Maria Busse Berger, John Caldwell, Alice V. Clark, Lisa Colton, Lawrence Earp, Mark Everist, David Fallows, Manuel Pedro Ferreira, Andrew Kirkman, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Marc Lewon, Jeremy Montagu, Keith Polk, Reinhard Strohm, Rob C. Wegman, Crawford Young.

A new CD by Richard Savino

Consortium member Richard Savino is delighted to announce that Naxos has chosen his latest recording as their featured international release for April. It concerns Archivo de Guatemala – Music from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive, including compositions by Castellanos, Durón, García de Zéspedes, Quiros, and Torres. Richard Savino (guitar) is joined by his ensemble El Mundo. More information here.

A new CD: The Ledbury Lute – Lute Music From Regency England

Taro Takeuchi plays solo lute music on a recently discovered, original and rare, Regency lute made by Joseph Buchinger, London c.1800, loaned by the Butcher Row House Museum in Ledbury, Hertfordshire.
Music by Mozart, Haydn, Pleyel, Voyer and others including marches, dances, airs and a rare solo sonata all from the original published sources for the Regency lute.

The recording is available at:

New: The Consortium Research Prize

The Consortium for Guitar Research at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, is offering an annual Research Prize of £200 for original research into the history of the guitar, or closely related plucked instruments, during the period 1540-1940. Entries from scholars, performers, instrument makers and collectors are invited. The research must be previously unpublished, and may take the form of an article (maximum length 5000 words), a report on work in progress or any other form which the competitor finds useful for the best presentation of new facts, thoughts or findings, The judges would welcome (but do not insist upon) the inclusion of photographs, diagrams, images, and short audio or audiovisual recordings. A complete video presentation (not exceeding fifteen minutes in length) may be presented instead of formal written work, perhaps submitted as an unlisted link on YouTube or Vimeo. Other solutions may be possible. (NOTE: Videos of performances must include a substantial element of explication or commentary).

Submissions must be in English. The opening date for submissions is 15 April 2021, the closing date is 5pm, 15 September 2021. The winning entry will be announced at midday on 7 January 2022. The decision of the judges, drawn from members of the Consortium, is final. Submissions should be sent to and accompanied by a short
synopsis not exceeding 200 words. Entry is open to everyone (no age limit), except for full members of the Consortium (members of the Consortium’s Cohort wing may apply).

The 2021 Andrew Britton Fellowship

The Consortium for Guitar Research, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association of Great Britain, now invites applications from guitar researchers, at an early stage of their work, for a Fellowship in memory of Dr. Andrew Britton. The Fellowship comes with a £500 award, thanks to the intervention of a generous benefactor, Mr Jeffrey Wells. The three-day colloquium of the Consortium, to which the successful candidate will be invited, and which he or she will be expected to attend, will run from Saturday 25 September to Monday 27 September 2021 inclusive and be based in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England. This award provides an opportunity to share ideas with a group of established scholars in the field. See for more information regarding the Consortium and its members.

The recipient will give a 30 minute paper, in English, at the Consortium conference and will subsequently be asked to prepare a succinct report on their work for placing on the Consortium’s website.

Applicants are invited to submit their CV, and a separate 400 word (maximum) statement describing their latest research and explaining why this award would be useful to them. Please send applications via email, in a Word or PDF document, to Dr James Westbrook by Sunday 2 May 2021. The successful candidate will be notified by Sunday 16 May 2021 and will be asked to accept the place by Tuesday 1 June 2021. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure any necessary visas are in place.

Dr Andrew Britton was a Founding Member of the Consortium. His PhD thesis The guitar in the romantic period: its musical and social development, with special reference to Bristol and Bath is a benchmark to all new Scholars and is available online on the British Library Ethos site.