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(AT) International Summer Academy for Early Music (July 27 - August 2, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"Graz (Austria), July 27 to August 2, 2008
This is the second International Academy for Early Music which will be organized by the Institute of Early Music and Performance Practice of the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz (KUG) this summer.

It will offer a broad selection of master courses, a variety of chamber music with various instruments and additional courses for professional musicians, students and highly advanced amateurs. All courses may also be attended passively. ...

(US) Claremont Colleges' Rare Musical Instrument Collection Is Sold

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 21, 2008

For lovers of rare musical instruments, the Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges long has been an astonishing if somewhat mysterious collection.

Its 1,200 instruments from around the world include an 18th century Italian mandolin, unusual over-the-shoulder military brasses from the Civil War era, a gourd fiddle from Africa and a 9-foot-long temple trumpet from Tibet. ...

(FR) Marnaves Summer Baroque (August 17-29, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"Sunday 17th to Friday 22nd August at Marnaves (81), S-W France
A summer course in baroque period string-playing with the international violinist MARGARET FAULTLESS with Lucy Robinson (viola da gamba) and Andrew Wilson-Dickson (harpsichord and organ)

This course is offered for the first time, in the delightful surroundings of a small French country village and making use of its 12th-century church and a newly refurbished salle de musique with excellent acoustics. ...

(HR) Croatia - 38th VARAŽDIN BAROQUE EVENINGS (Sep. 17-29, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 20, 2008
From 17th till 29th of September 2008. visit baroque festival with the longest tradition in Croatia.
Let us continue festival tradition with your visit to o­ne of the concerts in Croatia and European Union by reservation od tickets. ...


(US) The 25th Annual Historical Harp Society Conference/Workshop (Jun. 4-7/08)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 18, 2008
" Held in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us for our 25th Annual HHS Conference & Workshop.  Designed to appeal to harpists, harpers, musicologists, historians (and history enthusiasts) instrument builders, acousticians, linguists, writers and poets, and all kinds of musicians and music lovers, this year's program includes many outstanding scholars and performers from Europe, South America, and North America. It also reflects the ongoing efforts of the HHS to develop and cultivate an appreciation of all aspects of historical harps by seeking out and researching information not only from musical sources but also from other areas such as languages, literature, social and cultural history, art history, and anthropology. ...  


(UK) 31st Oxford Baroque Week

Contributed by Admin on Apr 17, 2008
"The highly successful Baroque Week is now in its 30th season, and is held in the attractive surroundings of Headington School, Oxford.

It provides a rare and stimulating opportunity for amateur and semi-professional musicians, and those studying to embark o­n a musical career, to immerse themselves in baroque music in a friendly environment with the aid of excellent, experienced and helpful tutors. ...

(CA) Montreal Baroque Music Festival (June 20-23, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 17, 2008

Silk, Syrup, Saffron

"The Montreal Baroque Festival proudly presents its sixth edition, Silk, Syrup, Saffron In 2008, Quebec City commemorates the 400 anniversary of its founding. In honour of this, Montreal Baroque will celebrate the wealth of musical culture brought over by French immigrants… and also the creative influences of immigrants from many countries that have peopled and shaped the artistic landscapes of Montreal. Montreal is teeming with cultural diversity! In addition to the artistic traditions of the founding fathers, the French and the Scots, the city harbours a multitude of other cultural heritages: European, Middle-Eastern, Asian, North and South American, and Caribbean, each contributing to the sumptuous cultural patchwork of our city. ...


(UK) Recorder Summer School (Aug. 7-9, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 17, 2008

Course Content

"We welcome players over 16 years of age (15, if accompanied by an adult course member who will accept full responsibility), at all levels from elementary to advanced players.

Each morning starts with a tutorial class. There will be advanced classes (by audition), intermediate classes, and also two permanent ensembles, at advanced and intermediate level. These two ensemble classes are for people who do not wish to work o­n specific solo repertoire. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 tutorial music. (EMN.org ed.)) For the people joining Intermediate 1, here are some scales. (Visit site for scales.(EMN.org ed.))

There are also twice daily ensembles, graded in order of difficulty, and students can attend whichever they choose. (Visit site for a list of the 2008 ensemble music. (EMN.org ed.)) ...


(UK) Fenton House Hosts a Baroque Battle of the Bands (May 7-9, 29; Aug. 14/2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2008
Jury and Audience will both award Prizes

It will be a veritable ensemble extravaganza! More than 50 aspiring musicians comprising sixteen different groups will be contending for prizes worth over £1000 in a completely new Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House in Hampstead.

The groups face two elimination rounds, both of which will be open to the public. The First Round will be held from 2-5pm o­n the afternoons of 7th, 8thand 9thMay at Fenton House. For the cost of admission (free to National Trust members, no booking required) visitors will be able not o­nly to view the 17thcentury House and its collections but also to enjoy a whole afternoon of Baroque music o­n historic instruments. They can also leave comments for the Jury who must select up to six ensembles to advance to the finals. ...

(UK) Norvis Early Music Summer School (August 2-9, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2008
"Norvis Early Music Summer School is held annually in Durham, England.

The course covers all aspects of early music and is suitable for beginners through to advanced and solo players. ...

(UK) Early Music for Youth (July 21 – 25, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 15, 2008
"The summer school offers exciting and diverse opportunities for young players under the guidance of experienced tutors. Playing opportunities include chamber groups, large ensembles, viol consorts, recorder consorts and mixed ensembles, catering for every age and ability (grades 2 – 4, 5 – 7 and 8+). ...

The Clerks - In Memoria Tour

Contributed by Upbeatclassical on Apr 10, 2008
In Memoria Tour - 'A stunning, profound and moving new musical project from vocal group The Clerks' during May / June 2008. ...

International Viol Summer School (Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin. UK)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 08, 2008
Saturday 12th to Thursday 17th July 2008
Alison Crum, director, with Alice Robbins (USA) and Roy Marks

A chance for viol players with a particular interest in English consort music to work with distinguished professional players and teachers. Optional sessions focus o­n other topics such as madrigals, consort songs, early renaissance repertoire and continuo playing. ...

Medieval Heldesk -- From Scrolls to Books

Contributed by Admin on Apr 05, 2008
Short video clip on what could have happened when books were introduced in medieval times. Here ...

Cheltenham Recorder Festival (August 15-17, 2008) (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 30, 2008


Cheltenham Recorder Festival
15th, 16th, 17th August 2008
Dean Close School, Cheltenham


Over the past three years the Cheltenham Recorder Festival has grown to become o­ne of the highlights of the recorder year. The CRF offers an exciting variety of music to cater for all tastes and abilities, ranging from the established Renaissance and Baroque repertoire through to contemporary pieces which will be premièred at the CRF.

The tutors at the festival are specialists in their fields, ready to dispense friendly advice, direction and insights.Tutors for the 2008 CRF include:
Helen Hooker, Grace Barton, Ruth Burbidge, John Hawkes, Ann Lyall, Steve Marshall, Andrew Melville, Pam Smith and Moira Usher.

Our aim is to pack as much as ...


11th Festival of the Hungarian Haydn Society (23 – 31 August 2008) (HU)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 29, 2008

11th Festival of the
Hungarian Haydn Society
Esterházy Palace
Fertőd-Eszterháza, Hungary
23 – 31 August 2008

"The basic aim of the festival is to evoke the musical paradise that Eszterháza was in Haydn's time, within the original walls, with the help of period instruments and performing practice. The programmes focus mainly o­n the works composed during the Eszterháza period of Haydn's creative life, and among these, o­n compositions belonging to the most important genres (symphonies, string quartets, keyboard sonatas and trios). In addition, however, the concert programmes regularly include works by the "unknown Haydn" (baryton pieces, rarely-heard church compositions, wind divertimenti, etc.). ...


Record Label Finds Singing Monks (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 25, 2008
A record label's search for a group of monks to record a Gregorian chant album has ended after an Austrian monastery submitted a YouTube clip. ...

CEMBALISSIMO 2008 (18-22 June 2008) (HU)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 24, 2008
International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary
Budapest-Szentendre-Fehérvárcsurgó-Győr
18-22 June 2008

Organizers: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Clavicembalo Foundation, Hungarian National Museum, Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Tihamér Vujicsics Music School Szentendre
Patron: Dr. András Batta, Rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music
Artistic director: Prof. Anikó Horváth ...

Nikolaus Harnoncourt about CEMBALISSIMO 2008:
"I wish all the best for your wonderful ideas and their realization! When I hear of these kinds of plans I am happy and hopeful."

Concerts:
Borbála Dobozy, Christine Schornsheim, Johann Sonnleitner, Jacques Ogg,
Elżbieta Stefańska, Svitlana Shabaltina, Katalin Komlós, Zsolt Balog, Dalma Cseh, Aino Oláh, Rita Papp, György Vashegyi, Mária Zádori also Olena Zhukova, Szilvia Elek, Márton Borsányi, Margit Kovács, Siciliano Chamber Ensemble, Students of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, etc.


Czech harpsichordist finds Vivaldi's lost opera

Contributed by Admin on Mar 24, 2008
"Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia, March 13 (CTK) - Czech harpsichordist and conductor O­ndrej Macek from Cesky Krumlov chateau has found a substantial part of Vivaldi's opera Argippo in Bavaria and he is preparing its modern world premiere at Prague Castle o­n May 3, he told journalists today. ...

Woodhouse Recorder Week 2008 (August 3-9, 2008) (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 23, 2008
"Woodhouse Recorder Week is a unique international summer school held in the peaceful surroundings of the Surrey Hills, dedicated to the development of recorder education. ...

(US) The Madison Early Music Festival (July 12-19, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2008
"Handel's Journey: From Germany to England via Italy"

"Join us o­n a life journey with 18th century traveler and musical titan George Frideric Handel. From Hamburg, we’ll follow his earliest journey to Lübeck to visit Buxtehude, then his move to Italy for an extended residence where he met the Italian composers who greatly influenced his musical future. After returning to Germany, we’ll share the wanderlust and ambition which ultimately led him to London, where he spent well over half his life. His compositional styles reflect all of his travels, and our musical itinerary will traverse Handel’s immense compositional world of operas, oratorios, concerti grossi, sonatas, English odes and royal ceremonial music. Artistic Directors: Cheryl Bensman Rowe and Paul Rowe, Program Director: Chelcy Bowles, Artistic Advisor: Robert Wiemken.

Guest Artists-in-Residence:

* Newberry Consort
* Marion Verbruggen
* Quicksilver
* Baroque Band
* Tempesta di Mare   "

Visit website for more information: The Madison Early Music Festival

Rare painting of Mozart authenticated (London, UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2008
" LONDON (AFP) - A previously unknown portrait of Mozart has been found, and could be the most important portrait of the renowned composer ever to come to light, a British academic said Friday.The discovery -- which could be worth several million dollars -- was owned by the family of Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, a close friend of the Mozart family in Salzburg."This is arguably the most important Mozart portrait to be discovered since the composer's death in 1791 and o­nly the fourth known authentic portrait of him from his Vienna years," said Professor Cliff Eisen. "

See this Yahoo! news link and also  King's College (London) news link for more info.

Amherst Early Music Festival (July 6–13 and July 13-20, 2008) (US)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 17, 2008

 - Music of Germany -


"The Amherst Early Music Festival at New London combines our acclaimed workshop program with the beautiful Connecticut College campus, situated o­n a hillside overlooking the Long Island Sound. We offer two week-long programs of classes in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music and dance at all levels. Join us for either week or both. The Workshop Program is our largest, open to all, no audition required. We also offer small, week-long Intensive Programs for accomplished amateurs, pre-professionals and professional performers. "

Visit the Amherst Early Music Festival 2008 site for more information as well as a glimpse of the extensive list of faculty for this year's workshop.

Naxos -- The Art of The Baroque Harpsichord

Contributed by Admin on Mar 12, 2008
Naxos continues adding to its fine collection of "Baroque Harpsichord " collection with the addition of Girolamo Frescobaldi and Dieterich Buxtehude recordings.

Follow the link to view or even stream some of the music from their site. (ed.)   Naxos The Art of The Baroque Harpsichord

Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) May 16-26, 2008

Contributed by Admin on Mar 12, 2008
"The opera this year will be Alessandro Scarlatti's Tigrane (1715). This was his most popular work during his lifetime and it is a treasure trove delightful melodies. A masterpiece of Opera Seria, this work is packed with tuneful arias, interesting instrumental numbers, and even some elements of Opera Buffa. You'll hear dance numbers "borrowed" from o­ne of Campra's operas, Neapolitan songs sung by the hired help, and even a rare lute aria.

We very happy to announce that the Concord Ensemble will be returning to BLoomington to perform at BLEMF. They were able to find time in their extremely busy professional schedules to come and perform their choral magic. This is o­ne concert you will want to go to. " See website for more information: BLEMF