Next meeting
Spring 2019 Meeting and AGM: Saturday 6 April at Oxford Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW
The venue is about ten minutes’ walk from Oxford railway station and is also reachable by bus via the Oxford Bus Company or Stagecoach. There is limited parking and members are advised to contact For more information please visit the venue’s website:" Programme:
11.00 Arrival and coffee
11.30 Tim Soar will present a talk entitled: Reconstructing cornerless and arched-back viols of the Italian Renaissance Tim Soar began his career working for the Oxford based harpsichord builder Robert Goble and Son. He is now based in Swansea where, as well as making viols and carbon fibre bows, he also teaches Alexander Technique. His arched back Renaissance viols are as the result of a collaboration with Philip Thorby.
13.00 Lunch
13.30 AGM
14.30 Robert Rawson will discuss
Repertoire and roles of viols in the Czech lands in the 17th and 18th centuries
Robert Rawson is Professor of Musicology and Historically Informed Performance at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has published widely on music in the former Austrian Empire with a special emphasis on music in the Czech lands.
16.00 Tea and departure

Agenda for the 70th Annual General Meeting
1. Address from the President: Alison Crum
2. Minutes from the 69th AGM (7 April 2018, distributed with the Spring 2018 edition of The Viol)
3. Matters arising
4. Chair’s Report: John Bryan
5. Administrator’s Report: Susan Challinor
6. Presentation of Accounts: Ursula Fuller, Treasurer
7. Reports by Honorary Officers:
• The Viol: Mary Iden (with Chris and Sue Benson)
• Meetings: Ibi Aziz
• Publications (Viola da Gamba Society Journal,
Thematic Index of Music for Viols and Index of Manuscripts): Andrew Ashbee
• Music Editions & Distribution: Stephen Pegler
• Instruments Adviser: Michael Fleming
• Discography: Les Stobbs
• Viol Hire: Bridgewood & Neitzert
• Picture Collection: Thomas Munck
• Joy Dodson Music Fund: David King
• VdGS Archives: Marilyn Pocock & Esha Neogy
8. Election of Committee of Trustees
9. Any other business

Details of future VdGS Meetings

Summer 2019 Meeting: Sunday 23 June at St John’s Arts and Recreational Centre, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ. Speakers to include Roger Rose on historical bows, Esha Neogy on Viols Online, and David Pinto with a discussion on Gibbons’ 1612 madrigals in relation to text and iconography.

Meetings are meant for people who are interested in the viol to get together to learn more and meet each other. They are a great place for newcomers to start as well as a forum for the latest research and ideas to be debated. There are always a number of different speakers and live music. There are usually three meetings each year (normally in March, June and November), at least one of which is in central London.
Our meetings are free to members, but a small charge or donation is requested from non-members.