Biography

Martin Eastwell studied the lute with Diana Poulton, and later at the Royal College of Music with Jakob Lindberg.

His first solo recording, The Royal Lute, appeared in 1991, and he has since played on recordings for BIS, EMI, Thames Television and numerous other companies. In 1992, he was invited to give a solo recital as part of the World Shakespeare Congress in Tokyo.

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 NORVIS 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.

Having spent much of his career in the London area, in 1995 he moved to Northumberland, and now lives in a 16th Century farmhouse with his wife and two children, together with dogs, cats and chickens. He has recently completed an acclaimed solo recording of 17th Century Scottish lute music, and his second solo recording, The Dark Lord's Music, will be released in October 2017.

 
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