(UK) The Guardian Article: "Love your arts job? It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be properly paid" by Lynn Gardner (13 Jul 2015)
"We all know that the biggest subsidisers of the arts are those who work in the arts. Very little work would ever make it to the stage if it was not for people giving their labour away for free, or being paid very poorly for what they do.
As the recent Stage Directors UK report indicated, even those who appear to be sustaining enviable careers are often surviving on fees that would be laughed at in other industries. ...
"In the late 1970s, Simone Demangel was already working on an “International academy for early music in Occitania”, on the delightful premises of the Château d’Assas. Thanks in particular to the subsequent arrival of Scott Ross, the town and its harpsichord thus became emblematic of early music in Europe. The memory of this is still intact, and is today kept alive with great authenticity and elegance by the Demangel family, owners of the site. ...
(From a recent Huismuziek newsletter)
A lot of news items from Huismuziek with regards to early music workshops, classes etc. The first course of the season "Recorder Music for Advent and Christmas" is already all booked, "Spanish Baroque Orchestra and Chorus" are being booked, "Dido and Aeneas for chorus and narrator" is still in search of tenors and basses ... and much more ...
(From a recent London Festival of Baroque Music newsletter)
"Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in your 2016 Friends forms. You are helping us plan for next year with confidence and for that we are extremely grateful. Your invaluable support enabled us to put on 13 events in our inaugural year and we are hoping for at least a similar number in 2016, but ...
(US) San Francisco Classical Voice Article: "It's News to Me A Long Overdue North American Premiere for Sémélé"
(By Janos Gereben July 14, 2015)
"The story is best known to music lovers as a 1743 opera by Handel. What will be new to pretty much everybody around here is the American Bach Soloists' North American premiere of Marin Marais' 1709 Sémélé (with the proper French accent aigu). Performances are Aug. 13-14, at the S.F. Conservatory of Music, during the 2015 ABS Festival and Academy, "Versailles and the Parisian Baroque." - ...
(From a recent newsletter item)
"We are delighted to let you know that international applications are officially opened for our 2016 Festival. Click below to download our updated International Syllabus with important information for the 2016 Festival and the application forms for both Competitive and Non-Competitive participation. ...
"The Korkyra Baroque Festival is a high-profile cultural event established in 2012 in order to promote local and international music and cultural heritage. Supreme concert evenings and Korčula’s impressive culture monuments create a unique synergy owing to which the Korkyra Baroque Festival has gained the reputation of a must-see event on the global music scene.
The 4th edition of the festival will once again present the ...
"Violinist Lisa Grodin takes you on a tour of the violin bow from the early seventeenth century to the present, with musical examples for each bow. Part of the Voices of Music Global Music Education Initiative." (Published on YouTube Aug 9, 2013)
Wonderful video explaining the brain's functions used when playing an instrument.
"When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? ...
(Late in reporting)
Although late in reporting of the 2015 Festival de Música Antiga dels Pirineus, there are still more concert events to be seen/heard. For more information of the concert line-ups as well as the cities where the concerts are being performed ...
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