(UK) The Strad Article: " Danish National Chamber Orchestra secures funding for the next three years" (12 Feb 2016)

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(Not really of an early music organization, but perhaps of interest of the power of crowdfunding in fundraising planning. -- Marc Paré, editor)

"In January 2015 the 75-year-old ensemble organised a Kickstarter crowdfunding initiative, following the sudden cancellation of its state subsidy at the end of 2014. The £300,000 target needed to fund the 2015 season was successfully met with the help of private donations from individuals and local businesses. ..."

Visit The Strad website to read the full article.

(ES) CD Release: "GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL(1685-1759) Imeneo, HWV 41" (Feb 2016)

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"Fabio Biondi signs his fifth release on Glossa with a further opera exploration, here with Europa Galante and providing a vital interpretation of Handel’s late opera Imeneo, given in its serenade style 1742 Dublin version.

If, by this date, the London public was tiring of the Italian opera in which Handel had been excelling for decades, and the composer was now turning both to the oratorio and in the direction of the galant style, he was still able to call upon divos and divas of the quality of La Francesina and Giovanni Battista Andreoni to perform his music.  ...

(DE) Carpe Diem Records New CD Release: ""Quando cala la notte" (Feb 2016)

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"This album of Corina Marti, harpsichord and Enea Sorini, tenor,  features a selection of songs and instrumental pieces from Early 16th Century Italy. Being a rather soft and intimate program, it contains Frottole, Ricercari, Dances and other Italian keyboard music, along with seven songs for voice and harpsichord. ...

(NL) The Largest Recorder Catalogue Worldwide

Contributed by admin on Feb 19, 2016

(From a recent Jorge Isaac newsletter item)

"The online Catalogue of the Recorder Foundation (Stichting Bloklfuit) has become the wikipedia of Recorder Repertory worldwide. The Recorder Foundation and the Catalogue of Contemporary Blockflute Music (CCBM) was created after a massive effort by Walter van Hauwe in 1988. The Catalogue of Historical Recorder Repertory (CHRR) was created in the year 2000 by Paul Leenhouts.

I [Jorge Isaac] have been in charge of this project for the past 10 years. I am very happy to see the steadily increasing amount of users from all over the globe. The users search for all kind of data within both, the early music and the contemporary music catalogue. ...

(NL) YouTube Video: Jorge Isaac: Blockflute (Recorder) Demonstration (07 Nov 2015)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"Recorder virtuoso Jorge Isaac demonstrates the Blockflute (Recorder) for composers and players. Jorge Isaac is Recorder Professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and artistic director of the Visisonor Foundation. ...

(US) The Smart Set Online New Article: "Should Taxpayers Subsidize the Arts?" (by Michael Lind, 11 Fab 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"... Controversies over public funding of controversial art like the Mapplethorpe exhibit have long been out of proportion to the actual amounts of money that are involved. According to Daniel Reid in a 2013 Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities essay entitled “An American Vision of Federal Arts Subsidies: Why and How the U.S. Government Should Support Artistic Expression,” the role of the federal government in art funding is quite limited ...

(FR) Paris in France "Balls and Banquets" -- a series of conferences around gastronomy and dance!

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

Three encounters led by Alan Jones, author of the "Dictionnaire du désir de la bonne chère" Champion of 2012.

Come enrich yourself of the customs of the table, and dancing (if you wish) a few steps from Italian Renaissance or unusual musical repertoire as rarely heard of as the recipes! ...

(UK) The Guardian Article: " BBC considering scrapping channel-based structure in radical shakeup" (by Jasper Jackson, 15 Feb 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 18, 2016

"The BBC is considering scrapping its decades-old channel and radio station-based structure in a radical shakeup which would see a cull of executive posts.

The plans are being looked at as part of attempts to reduce management layers to help fund cuts of more than £550m a year due to ...

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