(FR) Rotruenge: Masterclass at Château de Pruniers with Michèle Claude and Christophe Deslignes (15-21 Apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2012

Masterclass with Michèle Claude (percussionist) and Christophe Deslignes (recorder, portative organ,“chant”, dance, theater). Masterclasses include individual work with instructors, collective masterclasses, auditions and conferences, and a final concert on 21 April 2012. Only 10 participants will be accepted (5 participants per instructors).

(FR) Rotruenge Dance Workshop: "12ème Stage de Danses Médiévales de Saint-Bris-le Vineux (Ascension 2012)" (17-20 May 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2012

With Christophe Deslignes and assisted by Eva Fogegesang

Maximum of 12 participants. This workshop is for all levels, singers, dancers and instrumentalists, adults, teenagers, students, professionals and amateurs of all levels.

(UK) The British Newspaper Archive

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2012
“The British Library and online publisher brightsolid have launched a website that will transform the way people use historical newspapers to find out about the past.

(BE) Les Amis du Clavecin: Festival "Le Clavecin en fête" 22nd Year (4 Mar-1 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2012

Le Clavecin en fête, a spring festival held in some of the most beautiful venues in Walloon Brabant and in Brussels, is celebrating its 22nd anniversary, this year. 

The traditional venue of these concerts is the beautiful romanesque church of Tourinnes-la-Grosse, from which the festival derives its name. But the little church of Upigny provides an alternative venue when the intimate character of the works on the program requires one.

In the wake of the festival, there are also "The Harpsichord on Thursdays" and the "Espace Mikrokosmos", whose programs are a perfect foil for those of "The Harpsichord at Tourinnes".

(US) Helios Early Opera Concert: "David et Jonathas" (Marc-Antoine Charpentier) (26-27 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 22, 2012

Location: First Church Congregational, Cambridge MA, US

“Helios Early Opera makes its debut with Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s grand biblical drama David et Jonathas. A tragic love story between the future king of Israel and the doomed Jonathan, son of King Saul, David et Jonathas is one of only two full-length operas by one of the most fascinating composers of the seventeenth century. Full of psychological intensity, Bretonneau’s libretto provides a gripping drama that is highlighted by Charpentier’s dazzlingly innovative and powerful score.”

(AT) 36th Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (8-26 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012
“In 2012, Alessandro De Marchi, Artistic director of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, focuses on the influence that popular, traditional music of the baroque period had on composed music of that time. The programme is a journey through the great world of early music to various folk-music sources and to artistically impressive regions of sound – all across Europe as well as to Latin America and China. Rather exotic beauties also populate the opera stage: the passionate Neapolitan Stellidaura in an opera by Provenzale, the beautiful Helena in Bontempi’s “Il Paride” and the power­hungry Poppea in Monteverdi’s masterpiece.”

(BE) 11th International Festival of Gregorian Chant (12-20 May 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012

Location: Watou, BE
(Pre-programs from 12th to 17th May)

“From the 17th to the 20th of May 2012, twenty-eight prominent gregorian scholas, ensembles and choirs from Europe and Asia will be meeting in the West-Flemish art village of Watou where, for the eleventh time, the International Festival of Gregorian Chant will take place, the most important festival in the world featuring this kind of music. For people who cherish silence and gregorian chant Watou has become a halting-place and a pilgrim’s resort. ”

(FR) Newsletter no. 137

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012

From the latest newsletter no. 137 (12 Jan 2012), articles of interest:

You may also be interested in exploring the site’s book section; calendar of events; discography etc.

Website (French language):
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(AT) .creanc.- International Dance School in Vienna Workshop (12-19 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012

(Institute of Dancing Vintage and Modern Dances/ .creanc. Tanz&Kreativwerkstatt)

European and American Vintage Dances ~ Ballroom dances of the 19th Century
Dancing Classes August 12 – August 19 & Gran d Ball on August 18 in 2012 in Vienna, Austria

“The course will teach ballroom dances of the 19th century, both couple and formation dances, which were then very popular in the famous ballrooms of Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London and New York. Newly reconstructed quadrilles, waltzes, polkas and mazurkas from that period will be rehearsed during the course and will be included in the programme of the Grand Ball. The ball dancers will be expected to wear period costumes and a live orchestra will play in a gala programme with the theme of Strauß’s famous waltz “Wiener Blut” (The Viennese Blood).

(CA) Toronto Consort Concert: "Charles Daniels in Recital" (27-28 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012
“The Toronto Consort offers a rare chance to hear renowned English tenor Charles Daniels in a solo recital entitled It was a lover and his lass, featuring exquisite lute songs from the English and French Renaissance. The concerts take place on January 27 and 28, 2012 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. For tickets and information, call the box office at (416) 964-6337 or visit

(US) Early Music America Outreach Grant (Deadline: March 1 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012

EMA’s Outreach Grant is intended to support outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists. Grants will be awarded for projects taking place during the year July 1-June 30 following the application deadline. The typical grant award is $1000.

(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Gustav Leonhardt (1928–2012), the end of an era" (19 jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012
From the latest blog post on the Semibrevity website,

“It’s so sad that Gustav Leonhardt is no more.

I first heard him, partnered by Frans Brüggen in a concert in St Albans. Since then, I’ve seen him many times and, apart from the extraordinary playing, have often been struck by the fact that he mostly used his own elegant manuscript scores, presumably copied from ancient tomes during his early years in Vienna.

(FR) Le Parlement de Musique-Martin Gester 2012 Concert Listing

Contributed by Admin on Jan 21, 2012
From the latest newsletter of  “Le Parlement de Musique”, readers are reminded of the 22 Jan 2012 concert details. In addition, you will find below the 2012 concert listing for you to browse.

(US) 14th Annual Summer Toot (3 – 9 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2012

Location: Concordia University Texas, 11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, TX 78726

“Please join us for the 2012 Summer Texas Toot! The beautiful campus of Concordia University is once again our home, and as always, we'll have outstanding faculty members teaching recorder, viol, reeds, lute, harp, and other instruments, as well as continuo and voice.”

(JP) 25th International Competition for Early Music YAMANASHI, Japan

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2012
  • From the 25th Competition (2011) it is developed to the Early Music Festival, YAMANASHI, including International Early Music Competition, YAMANASHI. It consists of Competition, Exhibition and Demonstration of instruments, books, CDs etc. Masterclass or Speech by juries, many Concerts by juries, prize winners etc.
  • The 25th Competition is postponed one year till 28th to 30th 2012 because of Earthquake and Tsunami Dissaster on the 11th March 2011

(UK) Tallis Scholars Summer School UK: Battle, Celebration and Grief (7-14 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2012

Location:  Uppingham UK
Repertoire to include: Josquin, Guerrero, Morales, Gabrieli & settings of 'When David heard'

“The UK branch of the Tallis Scholars Summer Schools is dedicated to exploring our great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it, as pioneered by the Tallis Scholars. Under the direction of Peter Phillips and members of the Tallis Scholars we work on concert and service repertoire in a variety of small and medium sized groups. The week’s activities culminate in a Gala Concert by summer school participants, directed by Peter Phillips.

(US) Tallis Scholars Summer School US: Battle, Celebration and Grief (21-28 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2012

Location: Seattle University, Seattle WA, US

“The Tallis Scholars Summer Schools are dedicated to exploring the great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it, as pioneered by the Tallis Scholars. Under the direction of Peter Phillips and members of the Tallis Scholars, we work on concert and service repertoire in a variety of small and medium-sized groups. The week’s activities culminate in a Gala Concert by summer school participants, directed by Peter Phillips. The dynamic, global city of Seattle is a thriving hub of early music, providing the perfect setting for the Tallis Scholars Summer School in the USA.

(AT) Internationales Seminar für alte Musik (International Seminar for Early Music) (25 Jul-5 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2012

Location:  Baroque castle of Zell and der Pram in Upper Austria

“This course is oriented towards professional musicians, music teachers, music students and other interested people who want to enhance their musical skills.

Along with general advice on playing an instrument, each participant receives individual instruction and can take part in additional activities such as chamber music, ensembles, choir, orchestra and workshops on selected topics. Opportunities are also provided to attend lectures and to purchase early music scores. Concerts by teachers and by the participants themselves are likewise part of the programme. Players of Baroque bassoon, double bass and violone are also welcome.”

(US) Historical Harp Society Annual Conference (27-29 June 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 20, 2012
(Re-posted -- Editor)

Location: Hunter College in Manhattan, New York


  • To cultivate, foster, sponsor, and develop appreciation of the art, history, literature and uses of historical harps.
  • To promote appreciation of and to raise the level of proficiency in the performance and use of historical harps.
  • To keep historical harp makers and performers, along with other friends of the historical harp, informed about literature and activities pertaining to historical harps, and to provide occasions for them to meet.
  • To promote the use of historical harps as professional instruments, and to encourage their use among amateurs.
  • To encourage the reconstruction of historical harps.
  • To collect and disseminate information regarding the construction of and performance upon historical harps.”

(CA) Chants de Vielles Festival (6-9 Sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“Festival Chants de Vielles  takes place amidst the autumn glory on September 6-7-8-9, 2012, in the lovely, country setting of Calixa-Lavallée, a quaint and historic Québec village. Every year, Chants de Vielles brings in a fresh and delicious musical harvest by providing a place for sharing and learning on a human scale.

(US) Amherst Early Music Baroque Festival 2012 (8-24 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012

& Baroque Opera Project: Der geduldige Socrates

Auditions due April 15 (information will be posted shortly, e-mail your contact information and your instrument or voice range to to be notified)  One week of advanced classes and coachings in baroque music from the German-speaking lands. Masterclasses, chamber music, baroque orchestra, fully staged baroque opera.

(US) Madison Early Music Festival (7-14 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“The Madison Early Music Festival is exploring its North American roots in 2012.  During this year of the Presidential election we look back to the early music of our nation, from the early Colonists in the 1600's, the Revolutionary era, all the way to the Civil War.  The music of Canada from Cape Breton and Acadia will also be featured.

(US) National Flute Association (NFA) Baroque Flute Artist Competition (9-12 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“The seventh triennial Baroque Flute Artist Competition is for outstanding performers on baroque flute/traverso. Six semifinalists will be selected on the basis of their recorded preliminary auditions to compete at the convention. Three finalists showing the highest levels of technical proficiency, musical ability, and successful application of principles of historical performance practice will be chosen and presented in a convention recital. Cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $400, co-sponsored by the David Hart Memorial Fund and the NFA Endowment Fund, will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Prize of $100 will be awarded to each semifinalist not chosen as a finalist.”

(US) 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (27 Jun-1 Jul, 4-8 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“At the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, you will find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions—both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions by presenting them on the National Mall.

(US) San Francisco Early Music "Recorder Workshops" (8-14 Jul; 15-21 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

Week I-July 8-14, 2012 – Visions and Miracles
Week II-July 15-21, 2012 – On Wings of Song
Directors: Rotem Gilbert and Hanneke van Proosdij

“Save the dates in your calendar as we return with TWO weeks of SFEMS Recorder Workshop! Pick your week, or come to both. Fill your days with recorder ensembles, technique, Renaissance consort, recorder orchestra, master class, Feldenkrais movement, concerts, lectures, and more. Explore Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Contemporary, and World Music in an intimate setting with world-class faculty. Develop your recorder technique and ensemble skills in an inspiring and supportive atmosphere. 

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