Next meeting
18 January 2020
Venue: Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PT


11:00 - arrival and coffee

11:30 - Dr Andrew Ashbee will present "A Jenkins Miscellany"- a talk, supported by live examples discussing some of the composer’s music outside his well-known fantasias and fantasia-suites.

12:45 – LUNCH

13:45 – Ibrahim Aziz will interview Andrew Ashbee on his new book, The Harmonious Music of John Jenkins, Volume II, which will be launched at this meeting. Discounted copies (£30 from £45) will be on sale.

14:15 – Break

14:30 - Dr Julia Craig-McFeely from the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) will present a talk on 'Recovering the lost partbooks of John Sadler'. The Sadler partbooks contain much pre-Reformation Catholic music alongside more contemporary Latin motets by Tallis, Byrd and Morley, and are distinct due to their illustrations of owls, dogs, plants, bells and colourful Latin inscriptions.

15:45 - Tea

16:00 - End
Andrew Ashbee is internationally known as an expert on seventeenth-century English instrumental music, particularly that of John Jenkins and is the author of numerous articles and reviews on English consort music in many leading journals. He is a member of the editorial committee of the Musica Britannica Trust.

Julia Craig-McFeely has been the Project Manager of DIAMM ( ( ) since 1998 and a Director since 2007. She has published and lectured in Europe and the USA both about her research and about the work of DIAMM, and in particular about creating high-quality images of archive documents and digital restoration.

Parking information:
Parking at Kingston Quaker Centre is only for those with mobility issues. Members are welcome to use a space for loading but are asked to move the car to a near by car park. The nearest is the Cattle Market which has both a basement and surface area parking. The meeting house can be accessed from Fairfield North which runs in front of the car park, as there is a pedestrian access in the wall.

Details of future VdGS Meetings:
The Society’s Spring meeting and AGM is on Saturday 18 April 2020 in the Denis Arnold Hall in Oxford. This is a joint meeting with the Lute Society focusing on Masque Music among other topics.

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.