Ludlamshöhle: Bringing the 19th Century to the Present

Ludlamshöhle: Bringing the 19th Century to the Present

Inspired by and dedicated to music of the 19th century is Ludlamshöhle, the chamber ensemble group cofounded by Dr. James Buckland, adjunct professor of guitar, and Dr. Karen Buckland, professor of music and director of keyboard studies. These two professors are performing literature written for guitar and piano at Edmunds Hall on Nov. 12. The concert is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m.

The name Ludlamshöhle comes from a well-known ‘secret’ society composed of artists, musicians and intellectuals in 19th century Vienna. Taking inspiration from the music and performance art of this century, James Buckland not only plays both the terz and the conventional concert guitar, but also, being a luthier, he builds the instruments in the 19th century style with original tools, materials and, techniques.

James Buckland received training at the University of Toronto, University of Akron, and the University of South Carolina. He conducted post-doctoral research on 19th century performance practice in cooperation with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, where he traveled to recently to give a performance. He also serves as a guest clinician for multiple conventions and festivals.

Karen Buckland is an active soloist, collaborator, adjudicator and guest lecturer, who has performed through the Southeast, Pennsylvania, Washington, Alaska, and Canada. She has adjudicated and given lectures at many competitions and universities. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, South Carolina Music Teachers Association, and Greenwood Music Teachers Association.

Ludlamshöhle has video recordings of past performances available to watch on YouTube. For more information, contact Beverly Davis at


Written by Allison Cooke, a junior English major, media studies, journalism track minor from Winnsboro, S.C.