(UK) Academy of Saint Cecilia Workshop for Singers with David Allinson (14 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 29, 2012

Location: St George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark, London, SE1 7HY, UK

Tutored by David Allinson

The day will be run by David Allinson, assisted by Nick Gale (Director of Music, St George’s Cathedral) who will run a workshop in Gregorian Chant and Alistair Dixon (Chapelle du Roi) will run a workshop in reading English music from facsimile.

(PL) 13th "Cracovia Danza" Court Dance Festival (29 jul-5 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 29, 2012

Location: Ul. 28 Lipca 17a (28 Lipca 17a Street), 30-233 Krakow PL

Held annually, the Festival was first launched in 2000 to mark the granting of the title of "The European Capital of Culture" to Krakow.

It was initiated in the era of rekindled interest in the history of dance, the need to return to the sources of the common European heritage and the willingness to come together and exchange experiences among a wide group of historical dance ensembles active in Poland and abroad. …


Contributed by Admin on May 25, 2012

Ready for a great Opera!

“The big O - symbol of the 2012 Poiesis Festival and of the great Opera - includes four musical events prepared by Marco Mencoboni for Friday 25 May, the opening day the of the 6th edition. The festival will start with a short prelude: 30 musicians, located in surprising spots, will play together when the bell of the square in Fabriano will toll. But the main show will be Ad Vesperas, an impressive vocal and instrumental music concert featuring Claudio Merulo's posthumous masses for 12 voices, brought back to life after four centuries of oblivion by the Cantar Lontano ensemble in the beautiful setting of the Fabriano cathedral. Works by Orlando di Lasso and Diego Ortiz will follow, in a polyphonic triumph made possible by 30 musicians conducted by Marco Mencoboni. Two more events will bliss your ears …

(UK) Le Concert Des Nations, Lufthansa Festival, (Review by Ivan Hewett -- 21 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 25, 2012

“Ivan Hewett finds there’s a humanity in the group Concord of Nations's music-making at the Lufthansa Festival and a rich vein of fantasy. …”

(US) Harmonia Early Music Interview: A Spotlight On William Christie By Laura Osterlund Posted April 29, 2012

Contributed by Admin on May 24, 2012

Chansons from the French Renaissance

“The 16th-century Parisian chanson is a genre of secular song that departs from past fixed forms.  Evocative imagery, rich emotion, and vivid scenes are commonly found within chanson texts, and the music itself often highlights nuances of the French language.  Among others, compositions by Sandrin, Claudin de Sermisy and Clement Janequin are emblematic of the style.  Each demonstrates different descriptive and lyrical characteristics. …

(US) Music of the Baroque Fundraiser: "A Musical Feast" (1 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 24, 2012

Location: The Fairmont Chicago, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago IL, US

"A Musical Feast" Gala Benefit and Raffle offers a dazzling menu of unique items

Did you know . . .
that Music of the Baroque's season continues after our concerts end? On June 1, we're hosting "A Musical Feast" at the Fairmont Chicago, an elegant black-tie affair that provides significant support for our programming and educational outreach activities.  …

(IT) Libreria Musicale Italiana (LIM)

Contributed by Admin on May 23, 2012

New Titles Recently Released at LIM

  •  "I Gesuiti e le Tarantole", Daniela Rota
  • "Strumenti musicali e oggetti sonori nell´Italia meridionale e in Sicilia (VI-III sec. a.C), Funzioni rituali e contesti", Angela Bellia
  • "Motetti in cantilena a quattro voci / con alcune canzoni per sonare ogni sorte di stromenti, con il basso per l´organo. 1613", Stefano Bernardi, a cura di Marco Materassi / Trascrizioni di Flavio Cinquetti
  • "La festa teatrale nel Settecento / Dalla corte di Vienna alle corti d´Italia", a cura di Annarita Colturato e Andrea Merlotti

(UK) Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2012 Update (18-26 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 23, 2012
Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music 2012 sends us an update to the festivities (Newsletter -- 15 may 2012) and of “hard-to-get” tickets to its Westminster Abbey tickets. If you are in the area, make sure to catch a concert or two if tickets are still available.

(BE) Musica Impulse Centre for Music: International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) SELECTED PROMISING ENSEMBLES 2012

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012



“The International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) is an ideal platform for young, talented ensembles. IYAP focuses on young vocal and instrumental ensembles playing historical instruments. The coaching sessions - led by the American soprano Jill Feldman! - are an essential part of IYAP. After the coaching, the ensembles will perform at historical locations in Antwerp during the festival Laus Polyphoniae. During these concerts a lot of Belgian and international organizers will be present. They will give the ensembles tips for their future career. Afterwards, the selected ensembles will be promoted by the IYAP-organizers. And they will be honoured with the title "IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2012".“

(Continue reading to learn of the awarded ensembles.)

(BE) Musica Impulse Centre for Music: Canto Aperto - Festival of Gregorian Chant

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012

Location: Sint-Truiden BE

“From 21st until 23rd September 2012 Sint-Truiden will be the venue for the first edition of Canto Aperto, a (re)new(ing) festival of Gregorian chant. In 2012 the focus will be on the regional variations in different traditions and on the diversity of the repertoire from the area between Meuse and Rhine in the 12th and 13th century. …

(FR) Jean Cassignol News: "PAGANINI -- 3 New Caprices for recorder or transverse flute"

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012

(From the latest Jean Cassignol newsletter 15 may 2012)

The complete 24 Caprices op. 1
Arranged for treble (alto) recorder or transverse flute by Jean Cassignol
Jean-Claude Soldano (France) publisher

First French complete edition for transverse flute since Jules Herman's (Choudens Pub, 1902) and Patrick Gallois' (Alphonse Leduc Pub, 1994)
First complete edition for treble (alto) recorder

(IT) Fondazione Giorgi Cini Conference: "Seminari di Musica Antica Egida Sartori e Laura Alvini Child soloists in Paris (1680-1720). Charpentier, Nivers, Clérambault, Campra" (23-29 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012

Location: Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, IT

“This year’s early music seminar will explore a repertory that is as unusual as it is neglected: music for child soloists in Paris in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The repertoire fl ourished above all in choirs and ensembles in the various churches and convents in the city (especially the Sainte Chapelle and the monastery of Port Royal) as well as in Jesuit and other religious schools in general. Music was composed to be performed by child soloists in other places too, however: opera houses, theatres, lay musical schools frequented by the children of the lower nobility and the drawing rooms of the courts of Paris and Versailles. …

(IT) Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminars Concert: "Child soloists in Paris.1680-1720. Charpentier, Nivers, Clérambault, Campra" (28 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 22, 2012

Location:  Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggior, IT

On Monday 28 May, at 17.00, the final concert of the 2012 edition of the Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminars will be held on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The participants will be directed by da Davitt Moroney. Free Entrance.

(UK) The Dolmetsch Historical Dance Summer School 2012: Dances from Europe 1450–1790 (4-11 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012

Location: University of Chichester, College Lane, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE Chichester, UK

45th Annual International Summer School

The Dolmetsch Historical Dance Summer School is at the University of Chichester 4th-11th August 2012. This year we are offering three separate intermediate classes: 15thC Italian, Late Renaissance dance, 18thC Europe. There are optional workshops at advanced and beginner’s levels and a variety of entertaining evening events.

(UK) The Tallis Scholars Premier Winning Compositions From the NCEM Composers Award 2012 (18 may 2012) (RE-POSTED)

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012

Winners of the NCEM 2012 Composers Award

The NCEM  Composers Award 2012, presented in partnership with BBC Radio 3 and The Tallis Scholars, has been won by Alex Woolf (16) in the under 18 years category and by Benjamin Rowarth (20) in the 19 to 25 years category.

Lux Aeterna by Alex Woolf and Where is Thy God? by Benjamin Rowarth will be premièred by The Tallis Scholars in Durham Cathedral as part of its Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on Saturday 2 June 2012. This concert will be broadcast on BBC       Radio 3’s Early Music Show on Sunday 1 July 2012.


(US) CFP (edition proposals): A-R Editions series Recent Researches in Music; Collegium Musicum: Yale University

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012

“CFP: A-R Editions

A-R Editions seeks proposals for editions of music to be included in the seven Recent Researches in Music series (Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, American Music, and Oral Traditions). Each edition is usually devoted to works by a single composer or to a single genre of composition and contains an introduction to the music and its historical context, a critical report, and translations of vocal texts.

A-R Editions also seeks proposals for editions of music to be included in the Collegium Musicum: Yale University series. This series seeks to present a varied selection of works that draws from a particular repertory or historical context or that reflects a particular thematic focus. The works should be of interest to early music performers and ensembles (medieval through mid-18th century).

(US) GEMS (Gotham Early Music Scene) 17 may 2012 Newsletter: GEMS to Collaborate with Americas Society New Series

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012

(From the latest GEMS Newsletter of 17 may 2012)

“Beginning next season GEMS will be collaborating with the Americas Society on a new series "GEMAS—Early Music of the Americas." The opening concert, part of our Fifth Anniversary celebration, will be a recital by the celebrated lutenist Paul O'Dette on Thursday, November 9.  Details coming soon!”

Save the Date! GEMS' Fifth Anniversary Gala will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2012, following Sinfonia New York's performance of "The Art & Ecstasy of the Chaconne." The New York Times called this performance "impeccable" and "sizzling" when it was last presented. …”

(CH) TUMAPRODUCTIONS YouTube Video Clip of Riccardo Minasi and iL Pomo d'Oro and more ...

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012

For your viewing and listening pleasure, a link to the TUMAPRODUCTIONS YouTube channel where you will find various videos, and, in particular that of Riccardo Minasi and iL Pomo d’Oro short video. You may also want to listen to all of the videos in sequence (an option on that page).

(SE) eClassical New 24-bit Releases

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012
For those of you seeking high quality early music downloads, you may want to browse the “New 24-bit Releases” pages at eClassica. Additionally, if you subscribe to their newsletter, you will also get weekly notices of great deals on downloads. Of note this week on their “New 24-bit Releases”:“C.P.E. Bach - The Solo Keyboard Music 25”; “Beethoven - Complete Works for Solo Piano, Volume 12”; “C.P.E. Bach: Solo Keyboard Music, Volume 24” … and more.

(FR) France Musique: "Le concert de l'après-midi - Rencontres de Musiques Anciennes: Jean Gilles, Te Deum and Mass in D" (23 may, 26 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 21, 2012
At your listening posts: Wednesday, May 23 at 14:00h, Les Passions, Les Éléments, Anne Magoüet, Vincent Lièvre-Picard, Jean-François Novelli, Alain Buet, led by Jean-Marc Andrieu, interpret Jean Gilles  in the afternoon concert of France Musique presented by Anne-Charlotte Rémond. Concert to listen again on August 26 at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu.” (Translated Editor)

(FR) Review by Pierre-Carl Langlais: "Andrieu Concludes His "Trilogie Jean Gilles" at Saint-Étienne" (17 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 20, 2012

“May 2nd,  Jean-Marc Andrieu led the baroque orchestra “Les Passons” and the chambre choir “Les Éléments” at the Church Saint-Étienne of Toulouse. The group interpreted the “Te Deum” and the “Mass in D” by composer Jean Gilles. …” (translation -- Editor)

(CA) The Toronto Consort Fundraising Event (23 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 20, 2012

Raise a Glass!

Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St. (King & Parliament Sts), Toronto ON, CA

“In honour of Enoch Turner, one of Toronto’s first brewmasters, join the Toronto Consort for its Annual Fundraising Event at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse with special early music in praise of food and drink (and of course the food and drink itself). Enjoy an evening of entertainment, including musical selections performed by The Toronto Consort, a complimentary wine bar, delectable appetizers, and a wine tasting courtesy of MCO Wines—interesting Wines & Spirits  …

(UK) The English Concert Wins Catalyst Award

Contributed by Admin on May 20, 2012
“We  [The English Concert] are absolutely delighted to announce success in our application for an Arts Council Catalyst Award of £180,000 over three years. The Catalyst Arts : capacity building and match funding scheme to which we applied supports organisations in building their fundraising capability over a three-year period. Grants of between £120,000 and £240,000 have been awarded to 173 organisations nationwide.

Over 350 applications were received, and only 4 awards granted to classical music organisations in London, our home town, so this is a real vote of confidence by Arts Council England in The English Concert's ability to build upon recent success in fundraising to increase its profile nationally and abroad. …”

(UK) Shakespeare Birthplace Trust June 2012 Events

Contributed by Admin on May 20, 2012
For the Shakespeare enthusiasts, a reminder from the “Shakespeare Birthplace Trust” of the upcoming month of June 2012 events. There is quite a bit going on this month and it may be worthwhile to browse through the calendar of events on their website.

(FR) Festival Embar(o)quement immédiat! (11 may-3 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 20, 2012

A reminder from the“Festival Embar(o)quement immédiat!” of its 2nd weekend of festivities.

“”Nuit (baroque) du musée”, Concerts, Invitation to dance, musical voyage musical to Germany, conference on music and painting ...“  The festival goes on for another 2 weeks. If you are in the area, make sure to drop by for an event or two or … more!

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