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Viols in Our Schools (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2008
"Focusing o­n Music, History (European History) and English (Music of Shakespeare’s time) classes. A pilot program for the Viola da Gamba Society of America and the Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ focuses o­n bringing early strings to the classroom setting. With the viola da gamba/ viol’s connection to the evolution of the guitar (via the lute), it is an ideal instrument to introduce earlier repertoire to guitar classes, while it’s frequent use in the madrigal repertoire and use as a continuo instrument makes the viol an ideal for demonstrating to choral classes as well as to music theory and history classes. In addition to music programs, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ demonstrates early European music to European history classes, as well as English/ Literature classes focusing o­n Elizabethan/ Shakespearen England. You can visit 'Viols in Our Schools' at http://www.violsinourschools.org . "



Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society 2008 Annual Meeting (May 21-24,2008) (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2008
"NORTH MEETS SOUTH:

BUXTEHUDE AND THE NORTH GERMAN SCHOOL/KEYBOARD MUSIC OF DOMENICO SCARLATTIA

SYMPOSIUM IN RECOGNITION OF TWO SIGNIFICANT RECENT ANNIVERSARIES



Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society 2008 Annual Meeting

May 21-24, 2008

The University of IowaSchool of Music

Iowa City, Iowa

USA



ALSO



THE BEN BECHTEL AWARD



To honor his long tenure of distinguished service to the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society, the Board of Directors in 2007 created the Ben Bechtel Award. This award will be presented annually to a promising student with an interest in early keyboard instruments. The award will underwrite the cost of attendance at the next MHKS annual conference, with the goal of fostering interest in early keyboard instruments and the Society among younger people.



Anyone under the age of 30 who is currently learning to play, build, or otherwise expresses interest in any early keyboard instrument (organ, harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, etc.) is eligible to be nominated for the Ben Bechtel award. A statement describing the student's interest and aspirations and a letter of recommendation from a teacher will comprise a nomination for the award. Nominations should be sent to David Breitman, 382 Elm St., Oberlin, OH, 44074, USA, or by e-mail to david.breitman@oberlin.edu by March 1st of each year, to be considered for attendance at that year's annual meeting. Winner will be announced by April 1st.



The committee that oversees the Ben Bechtel Award appreciates your generous financial support. A line o­n this registration form allows you to make a contribution as you register for the conference. Thank you! " ... See MHKS website for more information. (ed.)

International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary (18-22 June 2008) (HU)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2008
"International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary
Budapest-Szentendre-Fehérvárcsurgó-Győr
18-22 June 2008

Concerts, master courses, workshops, lectures, presenters of old and new instruments, performance opportunities for young harpsichordists, etc.

Organizers: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Hungarian National Museum, Clavicembalo Foundation, Joseph Károlyi Foundation, Tihamér Vujicsics Music School Szentendre

Patron: Dr. András Batta, Rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of MusicArtistic director: Prof. Anikó Horváth "

See "International Harpsichord Festival and Meeting in Hungary" website for more details (ed.)

Fenton House (London, UK) -- The Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2008
"Open to UK-based ensembles of two to four members: the instruments must include a harpsichord. The Competition consists of two rounds using o­ne of the 18th century English harpsichords in the Benton Fletcher Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments. The winning group will be awarded an £800 cash prize, and a concert at Fenton House, the Cobbe Collection and Finchcocks. A separate Audience Prize will also be awarded. Jury: David Owen Norris, Maggie Cole and Steven Devine. See information brochure/application form obtainable from Competition Organiser. Application form must be completed and submitted by 29 February 2008. Contact: Competition Organiser Mimi Waitzman for more information. " See the site for more information o­n the competition (ed.): Fenton House Keyboard Competition

Music Antiqua Harpsichord and Fortepiano Competition winners

Contributed by Admin on Aug 22, 2007
The results of this year's Musica Antiqua Festival Competition have been posted.

The jury for the International Harpsichord Competition were:Gustav Leonhardt [nl], Françoise Lengellé [fr], Andrea Marcon [it], Ketil Haugsand [nor], Johan Huys [be] (chairman), Davitt Moroney [uk/fr]. Winners of the harpsichord competition: (no 1st prize was awarded); 2nd Prize Ex Aequo -- Francesco Corti (IT) & Julien Wolfs (BE); 3rd Prize -- Tomoko Matsuoka (JP); 4th Prize -- Susan Toman (CA); 5th Prize -- Masumi Yamamoto (JP).

The jury for the International Fortepiano Competition were: Wolfgang Brunner [at], Claire Chevallier [be], Linda Nicholson [uk], Alexei Lubimov [ru], Ludger Rémy [de] (chairman), Bart van Oort [nl]. Winners of the fortepiano competition: (no 1st prize was awarded); 2nd Prize -- Stefania Neonato (IT); 3rd Prize Ex Aequo -- Alexandra Koreneva (RU) & Olga Andryushchenko (RU); Honorable mention -- Katarzyna Drogosz (PL).

See the site for more information o­n the competition as well as the Festival exhibitions. (ed.): Music Antiqua

Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition 2007

Contributed by Admin on Aug 21, 2007

The 2007 Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition takes place over the weekend of the 9th -11th November 2007. A lively mix of exhibition and performance, the event will fill the Old Royal Naval College with sounds of early music and song.

Friday 9th November 10.30am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10th November 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 11th November 10.00am - 5.00pm

Admission to exhibition (includes complete programme):
Adults £7.50
Concessions £5.00
2 day ticket £12.00
3 day ticket £16.00

Children under 14 free
(concessions OAPs, UB40 holders, students, TCM staff and students free entry with TCM Resource Card)


Leicester Early Music Festival (Reviewed)

Contributed by Admin on Aug 21, 2007
"Neil Crutchley Writes:

The Festival is over for another year and there is the same feeling of regret that comes with the end of Christmas or the school holidays. But all good things must come to an end and it is now time to take stock of what has been a remarkably successful series of events and one in which the Festival Director and his team can take justifiable pride.

As predicted the Son et Lumière (sound and light) production met with universal approval and large audiences on two consecutive evenings were transfixed by this striking and unusual form of entertainment. It was the first time something like this has been tried in St. Mary’s and the effect was stunning. The first 600 years of the church’s eventful history were told in a dramatic recitation with appropriate music from St. Mary’s choir, whilst various parts of this ancient church – including the magnificent windows – were lit in different colours."

Young Artists Competition Winners Announced

Contributed by Admin on Aug 19, 2007
"16 July 2007

Le Jardin Secret was announced as the winner of the 12th Early Music Network Young Artists Competition o­n Saturday 14th July 2007 by Ashley Solomon, Chairman of the Competition Judges.

Le Jardin Secret – comprising soprano Elisabeth Dobbin; Romina Lischka viola da gamba, Sofie Vanden Eynde theorbo and David Bluden harpsichord - perform a wide range of seventeenth and eighteenth-century repertoire, exploring the possibilities of creative continuo playing and improvisation. Taking its name from the French metaphor for the heart, it performs music that is intimate and highly expressive. The members of the group were postgraduates at conservatories in Basel and The Hague and have worked with some of the most prestigious names in early music today.

The Competition, which takes place at the National Centre for Early Music in York, attracted young artists from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Europe, South America, Norway and of course from the UK. The winners received a cheque for £1,000 plus an invitation to return to the York Early Music Festival in 2008 and a variety of recording opportunities. ... "

See site for more details: National Centre for Early Music