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Weston College music lecturer swaps six-string guitar for theorbo

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

Matt Nisbet

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A college lecturer is making a name for himself by swapping a six-string guitar for a 16th-century version called a theorbo.

Matt Nisbet runs the pop music degree course at Weston College, North Somerset, but in his spare time he is playing the music of the 1590s.

The 38-year-old took up the theorbo, a large lute developed to give a more bass-like sound, when he was studying for a degree in music.

He’s now a member of several groups that play ‘early music’ and has just appeared on a new CD celebrating the music of Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli.

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