Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is the second largest early music festival in the UK, with a large and enthusiastic following of over 6000.“The Festival takes place in late October and early November and is well known for its lively and inspired programming, with events exploring different art forms and performance formats. Concerts take place in a variety of venues in Brighton and Hove, and are often broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Location: Antwerp, BE
“Manoli Blessi was the pseudonym of Antonio Molino, a poet, composer and theatre producer in 16th-century Venice. He wrote his poetry in the so-called 'lingua greghesca': an invented language, a bizarre mix of Venetian and Greek dialects. Zefiro Torna and the dancers of Corpo Barocco will bounce you with a revival of the burlesque extravagance of Blessi's texts in the spirit of the commedia dell'arte …
(From a recent ArkivMusic newsletter)
For those of you who value EMI recodings, “ArkivMusic has a tremendous deal on a select group of classic recordings reissued in the EMI Classics Encore series. CDs from Neville Marriner, Sviatoslav Richter, Klaus Tennstedt, Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa, and more are now available at just 5 for $20!“
(From a recent GEMS newsletter)
In a recent GEMS “Notes on the Scene” newsletter, GEMS makes a plea to its readership for help with housing a student studying at the Juilliard School of Music. This plea is exemplary of what the early music community has come to know of the GEMS organization -- helpful and involved.
(From a recent BCSD newsrelease)
(AT) Innsbruck Festival: Donna Leon opens the 36th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (10-28 Aug 2012)
(From a recent Innsbruck Festival Press Release)
Bestselling author Donna Leon opens the 36th Innsbruck Festival at Schloss Ambras
“INNSBRUCK - The 36th day Innsbruck Festival opens in a ceremony in the Spanish Hall of Ambras Castle; Donna Leon, mystery writer and lover of Baroque opera delivered the keynote address and declared the Innsbruck Festival opened. …”
(From a recent Oxford University Press USA newsletter)
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(From a recent ABS newsletter)
“The 2012 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy concluded on July 22 with the second of two performances of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor, following eleven densely packed days of performances, lectures, and master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. …”
(From the latest blog post at “Unquiet Thoughts”)
“ … This week, we follow up on a question that arose on the lute discussion list: Is it true that, historically, the lute was only available to the wealthy? …
(UK) Cambridge Early Music: Festival of Italian Music (28-30 Sep 2012) and One-Day Workshop (29 Sep 2012)
Workshop: Italian Music Workshop for Children with VivaBiancaLuna Biffi
Location: Cambridge UK
The Cambridge Early Music: Festival of Italian Music, promoted in partnership with La Dante in Cambridge, will include concerts by QuintEssential cornett and sackbut ensemble, Julian Perkins, VivaBiancaLuna Biffi, Pavlo Beznosiuk and Paula Chateauneuf, and La Serenissima, over the weekend of 28-30 September.
Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester, UK
“You are cordially invited to attend our Regency Dance in the grand Chichester Assembly Rooms. Come and enjoy dancing to live music. Costume most welcome. All dances called.”
(From the latest newsrelease from Sagittarius.)
Following their recent workshop, Ensemble Sagittarius forges on with a hectic July-August concert schedule:
Date: Tuesday 24 jul 2012
Location: Eglise Notre-Dame, Les Brouzils (85)
Festival Musiques à la Chabotterie
Lumières du baroque allemand
Schütz, Schein, JC Bach, JS Bach
Date: Friday 17 aug 2012
Location: Espédaillac (42)
La Fontaine : Fables et divertissement
Date: 29 jul-13 aug 2012
Location: l’abbaye de St Amand de Coly
L’ACADÉMIE DU PÉRIGORD NOIR
Michel Laplénie conducts l’Académie du Périgord Noir in Purcell’s“King Arthur”
Date: 27 aug 2012
Location: l’abbaye de Chancelade
CHOEUR DE DORDOGNE EN SINFONIA
The choir interprets “Musikalische Exequien” Schütz, under the direction of Michel Laplénie
Location: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Russian cellist Sergei Istomin is highly regarded as one of our leading period specialist cellists. His recordings of Bach to Haydn and Mendelssohn to Chopin are all critically acclaimed. For his Wigmore Hall recital debut, he presents a programme of the highlights from his Mendelssohn and Chopin experiences. He is accompanied here on Graf and Pleyel fortepianos by Viviana Sofronitsky, who is making a welcome return to London after her own debut in 2011.” Fortepianos by Paul McNulty after Graf 1819, Pleyel 1830
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As you know or suspect, the 2012 summer workshops and summer festivals season has already begun. If you have not as yet planned your summer months, do take a look at what events are being offered in your region, or, perhaps far-off “exotic” regions. Some of the workshop sign-ups are still open for registrations, or, if registrations are closed, you may be able to convince someone to audit the courses. Nevertheless, there are ample summer workshop concerts available to attend and enjoy.
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(From a recent blog post on Catherine Kauffmann-Saint-Martin’s “Scoop.it!” blog)
Les Passions - Montauban - Vivaldi - Concerto in d minor for 2 violins, cello and strings
Visit Catherine Kauffmann-Saint-Martin’s blog site “Scoop.it!” where you can view a recent video produced by Nicolas Kauffmann of a recent performance by Les Passions of the Vivaldi Concerto in d minor for 2 violins, cello and strings.
(From the most recent English Concert newsletter)
“We are currently tweaking our printed and digital marketing materials, so our 2012-13 season brochure and website will not be ready for a while. ... In the meantime here are the dates of our London concerts between September and February to help you plan your diary. …
(From Sagittarius recent newsletter)
The July concert listings for Sagittarius may be read on their recent newsletter. Of note, Michel Laplénie conducts the Stuttgart Opera choirs in a new production of “Platée” (Jean-Philippe Rameau) from 1-13 jul 2012; end of choral workshop concert 21 jul 2012; concert at the “Festival Musiques à la Chabotterie” 24 jul 2012.
(From a recent Gent Festival van Vlaanderen newsletter)
Although not directly related to early music field, but certainly possible with early music orchestras, a post in a recent Gent Festival van Vlaanderen newsletter makes mention of the “remarkable accomplishment of a great humanist, José Antonio Abreu, who dedicated his life to set up the 'Sistema' in 1975, an extraordinary music and social project which has been running in Venezuela in an attempt to transform the lives of the nations poorest children. …” (YouTube Quote).
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