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).