Performer Information

Martin Eastwell studied the lute at the Royal College of Music with Jakob Lindberg. His first solo recording, The Royal Lute, appeared in 1991. In recent years he has performed as a continuo player with many of the country’s leading early music groups and orchestras, including The Taverner Players, English Baroque Soloists, Scottish Early Music Consort, and Red Campion. In 2001 he formed his own ensemble, Lyra, which has performed widely throughout the UK, and also performs regularly with the mezzo-soprano Deborah Catterall.

He has taught on the early music course in Durham for almost 20 years, and has also taught on a variety of other courses throughout the UK, including those at Ambleside and Dartington, and on various courses organised by the Lute Society.

Over the years he has built up a fine collection of original 18th and 19th century guitars, which regularly feature in his performances. He has a recording of 17th century English music planned for 2013.

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