What we do

The Viola da Gamba Society is for everyone with an interest in the viol. Our wide range of activities cover a wide spectrum, ranging from a quarterly newsletter (the Viol), and a viol hire scheme. For details, please see below.

The annual subscription rate is 27 Membership includes: 4 newsletters a year, free admission to VdGS meetings, a discount on VdGS Music Editions, access to our Viol Hire Scheme, discount on advertising rates in the newsletter, inclusion in members' list (printed annually and distributed to all members), inclusion of link to your website in member's sites on our website. join here

We hold 3-4 meetings a year, on viol-related topics. The dates and details are advertised in newsletter and on the website. You are invited to contribute with ideas for meeting topics. Our AGM usually takes place in March

There is an extensive list of VdGS Music Editions. Members receive a discount and can also subscribe to any newly published editions.

Our viol hire scheme is organised through Bridgewood & Neitzert in Stoke Newington, London. It is available to members only If you have an instrument you would like to make available for this scheme, please contact Bridgewood & Neitzert about this.

At present we organise one try-a-viol day every two years, mostly in early July in Oxford.

Available as free download here

The Joy Dodson Music Fund, financed through donations from members of the Society, assists students with the cost of attending a music course as a viol player or undertaking research related to the viol. Donations are either direct, or indirect through second hand music, for example, given to the Society to sell at the annual Early Music Exhibition.

Our electronic annual journal replaces the (now out of print) Chelys.

Chelys, the former annual journal is now out of print. We no longer have any hard copies.

The Care of your Viol John Catch
Fitting up Viol John Catch
Isabella d'Este as a patron of Music Louise Jameson
The Jaye Project Michael Fleming, Thomas MacCracken, and Klaus Martius
Viol-Making in England c.1580-1660 Michael Fleming
A History of the Viola da Gamba Society John Catch
Greeting cards
all available here

Find our stand at the Early Music Exhibition in Greenwich in November every year

The Society has an extensive collection of photos (mostly 35mm slides) of artworks in which images of viols appear. This is open for members to examine by appointment with Dr Thomas Munck, the maintainer of the collection. Contact Dr Thomas Munck

A database of recordings featuring the viol constructed by Peter Berg, Robin Adams and other Society members.Viol-related CDs for review in the newsletter can be made available to us. Contact Les Stobbs

The Society's Instruments sub-committee looks into all aspects of the viol family's technology and construction, both historical and contemporary. For further details, members can contact Tim Soar, the Instruments Adviser email