Location: Wigmore Hall, London UK
"Composed between 1718 and 1720, Handel’s Esther is sometimes described as the ‘first English Oratorio’, but is in fact a hybrid form, mixing elements of oratorio, masque, pastoral and opera. ...
Have you taken a look at Harmonia Mundi's catalogue lately? You may find their catalogue format quite easy to navigate and will also find many new titles of early music interest.
Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse 106 Trinity St. (King & Parliament Sts), Toronto, ON, CA
A reminder to our readers in the region of Toronto Canada, the Toronto Consort will be holding its annual fundraiser on 15 May 2015.
St John's, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA
St Peter's Church, 119 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AL
"It's nearly 10 years now since we moved our slot from June to May, the time when renewal of the natural world is in its fullest flow, and it is thoughts of that breath of spring that have inspired us to make 'Nature' this year's theme. After all, it's a subject that would have been as close (if not closer) to anyone in the 17th or 18th centuries as it is to us today. It has to be one of the reasons behind the modern-day success of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (which we will be hearing here for the first time since 1990, as part of a unique 'Seasons Double Bill'), and as long ago as the 1630s Milton recognised Nature's power over human temperament in two great pastoral poems, set to music a century later by Handel in the delightful oratorio we've asked Paul McCreesh to conduct on the opening night. ...
(UK) The Guardian: "The Globe plans 'authentic' illumination for its new indoor Jacobean playhouse ..." (Jonathan Jones "On Art" Blog, 23 April 2013)
"The Globe theatre is planning to illuminate performances in its new indoor Jacobean playhouse, due to open in January 2014, by candlelight – and is recruiting a company of child actors like the ones satirised in Shakespeare's Hamlet. ...
Master Classes - Church of the Resurrection, 119 East 74th Street
Lectures – The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street
Concert - St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 116th and Amsterdam
"From April 23rd through 30th, 2013, the Clarion Society will host its sixth annual Clarion Collegium Week (CCW) of master classes for gifted young musicians. Since 2008, CCW has assembled advanced music students and young professional musicians from around the country to be instructed in Baroque performance practice by some of the country’s foremost early music specialists. This year’s curriculum will focus on the captivating, recently discovered Baroque repertoire from the Jesuit missions in Bolivia and throughout Latin America.
Location: Wigmore Hall, London UK
Early Music and Baroque
"The Hall’s intimate acoustics are ideal for period instruments and this series includes some of the finest ensembles and soloists performing today." There a lot happening at Wigmore, have a look ...
A meeting, unique in the world, of 135 traditional instrument makers of the world, from 13 nationalities; with 2500 instruments in exposition; more than 20 concerts and "bals" can be attended; and a meeting unique in its genre, since 1976, gathering over 15000 festival goers from all over the world.
** REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 22 MAY 2013 **
Location: Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Québec, CA
"PRE-FESTIVAL MASTERCLASSES 2013: violin, guitar, accordion, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes , harmonica, and singing classes. For five years now, and thanks to several artists all acknowledged as masters in their respective fields, Chants de Vielles has been proudly providing an education program for singers and instrumentalists. ...
"Enjoy jugglers and jesters, music, song and dance, stage combat workshops, and more. It’s the one day of the year when the Folger reading rooms are open to all—plus, birthday cake for everyone! ..."
Locations: Various locations
"Guido Morini and Marco Beasley founded Accordone in 1984, motivated by a great passion for the music before Bach, for original instruments and for a new musicological approach to problems of interpretation. At the heart of their work is Italian music for voice and basso continuo from the 16th and 17th centuries. The voice of Marco Beasley, immediately recognizable for its beautiful timbre, in perfect stylistic balance with the instruments which accompany him, is the ideal companion for the profound knowledge of instrumental, improvisational and compositional questions cultivated by Guido Morini, and make Accordone a unique ensemble on the European scene. ..."
The following is Accordone's upcoming busy concert list ...
"It's exactly 2 weeks to go and it's all getting very exciting here in Festival HQ! From 1st - 5th May the 59th Cork International Choral Festival will bring Cork city to life with five days full of song. With 5,000 + participants, 122 performing groups, 111 scheduled performances and 63 venues making sure that Cork city and county will be singing en masse!
Location: Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK
"Cambridge Early Music runs summer schools - short intensive study courses - in Baroque, Renaissance and Medieval music, and organises an annual programme of concerts, many of which take place alongside the summer schools. ..."
"In 2013 we offer two residential study weeks, one on Baroque, one on Renaissance music. Both courses are for experienced instrumentalists and singers, working together and separately in chamber groups and large ensembles. The courses are directed by highly acclaimed and experienced specialist musicians, universally respected and admired as both teachers and performers."
(From the latest instalment of the "Unquiet Thoughts blog)
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) is famous as the greatest exponent of English music for solo lute, and as a composer of some of the best surviving music for lute and voice. He is also known as a world-class Miserablist. ...
"The English Concert (TEC) returns to the Wigmore Hall for its fourth concert there this season, and welcomes Italian firebrand Fabio Biondi back to the orchestra for the first time in five years. Biondi will direct TEC in works by Haydn, Mozart and Gaetano Pugnani at the Wigmore Hall on Tuesday, 7 May 2013, with further performances at the Hexagon in Reading (8 May), St. George’s Bristol (10 May), and the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford (11 May).
Once again the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) 2013 is quickly approaching, and, if you have ever been to the BEMF, you will be aware that the week-long festival and early music tradeshow is very worth a visit. Here is a quick list of festival events ...
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(ES) 2nd International Course on Medieval and Renaissnace Music Morella 2013 (ICMRM) (19-25 Jul 2013)
Location: Castellón (ES)
"During the weekend (July 19th to 21th) will be held as a festival, filled with concerts and other activities as an educational exhibition of lutheria by the Spanish Society of Vihuela, a fringe by students or a medieval dinner. The other days will develop the lessons and activities of the course, among which include workshops, lectures, concerts and guided tours of the historic Morella, all conjugated to promote tourism and the cultural aspect of the city. ...
Location: Toulouse and misc. (FR)
If you are in the region of Toulouse, France, a reminder to check the "Les Passions Orchestre Baroque, Jean-Marc Andrieu" busy concert schedule.
19 April 2013 - Théâtre Paul Eluard à Cugnaux "Folies d'hier et d'aujourd'hui"
9 May 2013 - Halle aux Grains de Toulouse "Le Chevalier de Saint-George, homme de pique et musicien de cœur"
12 May 2013 - Orangerie de Rochemontès à Seilh "Une Soirée chez Ingres"
Location: Olowianka Str., 180-751 Gdańsk (PL) Opening Concert of the Gdańsk Music Festival Thomas Hobbs - Evangelist Matthias Lutze - Jesus Cappella Amsterdam Il Gardellino Daniel Reuss - conductor For this concert, Il Gardellino travels to Gdańsk (PL) combining forces with the Capella Amsterdam and Daniel Reuss, condutor.
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Music and storytelling join forces in this concert. Nota Bene Baroque Players, in partnership with the Shadow Puppet Theatre and guest narrator Ted Follows explores in words, music and images one of the oldest sources of artistic inspiration: Grimm's Fairy Tales: "The Bremen Town Musicians".
"At the end of the 13th century, Johannes de Grocheo wrote that the motet was “not intended for the vulgar who do not understand its finer points and derive no pleasure from hearing it: it is meant for educated people and those who look for refinement in art"...
Monteverdi's Orfeo under the musical and pedagogical direction of Leonardo García Alarcón.
For its 20th production, the Ambronay European Baroque Academy returns to the origins of opera, to the foundations of this baroque repertoire which it has championed passionately since its inception...
Compositions by Nicolas Bernier, Giovanni Legrenzi, Johann Fux, Giovanni Battista Buonamente, Johann Schmelzer and Wolfgang Ebner.
Join us for what can only be described as a delectable and delicious treat to all of your senses. Visit the Nota Bene Baroque website for more details of ticket availability and of location.