The Society's Officers

PRESIDENT Alison Crum
CHAIRMAN Michael Fleming
ADMINISTRATOR Sue Challinor
12 Macclesfield Road, Hazel Grove,
Stockport SK7 6BE,
+44 161 456 6200
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TREASURER Ursula Fuller
75 Beaconsfield Road, Canterbury CT2 7LG
THE COMMITTEE ELECTED MEMBERS Michael Fleming, Linda Hill, Alison Kinder
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Sue Challinor, Stephen Pegler, Mary Iden
CO-OPTED MEMBERS Alison Crum, Esha Neogy, Marilyn Pocock, Rhiannon Evans
HONORARY OFFICERS EDITOR OF 'THE VIOL' Mary Iden
61 Whyke Lane, Chichester PO19 7PD
01243 773137
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MEETINGS ORGANISER Rhiannon Evans
10 Bartlemas Close, Oxford OX4 2AE
01865 245248
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CO-ORDINATOR OF CD REVIEWS FOR 'THE VIOL' & DISCOGRAPHY Les Stobbs
School House, North Street, West Rainton, Durham
DH4 6NU, 0191 512 0173
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CO-ORDINATOR OF SHEET MUSIC REVIEWS FOR 'THE VIOL' Jenny Tribe
63 Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham, GL53 0BS
01242 520007
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INDEX CO-ORDINATOR (to whom all correspondence and enquiries concerning the Indexes should be addressed) & ONLINE JOURNAL EDITOR Dr A. Ashbee
214 Malling Road Snodland Kent ME6 5EQ
01634 243001
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EDITORS, INDEX OF MANUSCRIPTS CONTAINING VIOL MUSIC Dr Jonathan Wainwright and Dr Robert Thompson
VDGS MUSIC EDITIONS Orders and Distribution Stephen Pegler
Number Three, Rectory Lane, Pulborough RH20 2AB
01798 874193
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VIOL HIRE Gary Bridgewood
Bridgewood and Neitzert, 146 Stoke Newington Church
Street, London N16 0UH
020 7249 9398 our hire page
PUBLICATIONS SUB-COMMITTEE Dr A. Ashbee (address above), Dr P. Holman
INSTRUMENTS ADVISER Tim Soar
Swansea, SA2 9BL
01792 296278
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CUSTODIAN OF THE PICTURE COLLECTION Dr T. Munck
19 Spence Street, Glasgow G20 0AW
0141 9466667
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VDGS ARCHIVIST Dr Marilyn Pocock
Chilton, Cadeleigh, Tiverton EX16 8RT
01884 855450
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WEBMASTER Susanne Heinrich email
The Society - A (very) brief History

The Viola da Gamba Society was founded in 1948 with the aim of advancing the study of viols, their music, their playing, and their making. The origin of the Society lay in the campaign from 1889 onwards of the 'fiery and impatient genius' Arnold Dolmetsch for a return to the performance practice, and particularly the instruments, of former periods. By 1948, when the Society had its first official meeting, there was some more playing of viols happening, and some publications of viol music available. Summer courses for viols and recorders were organised, as well as a competition to encourage modern composers to write for old instruments. Since then the Viola da Gamba Society has gone from strength to strength and has now over 500 members worldwide.

A 'History of the Viola da Gamba Society 1948-1998' by Dr John Catch is available for purchase from the administrator.