(CA) Vancouver Early Music Programme: Announcing the dates for the summer of 2012 (22 Jul - 3 Aug; 5 Aug - 17 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2012

Vancouver Early Music announces the dates for its upcoming summer programme. (Book early if you are interested in attending (ed.))

(US) Opera Today Review: "Operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau" (DVD) (Donald R. Boomgaarden Dean, College of Music and Fine Arts Loyola University New Orleans, 19 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2012
“Jean-Philippe Rameau, an organist and music theoretician, was active for much of his life in musical centers distant from the cultural juggernaut of Paris. …  The beautiful selection of works provided in this recording allows the modern listener to view and enjoy the spectacle of five of Rameau’s most popular operatic creations in historically accurate performances …

(CA) New Brunswick Early Music Festival (NewBEMF) (1-23 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2012
NewBEMF is a unique educational and community music festival, held annually in the stunning seaside resort of St. Andrews, NB, just 60 minutes over the US border from coastal Maine. NewBEMF, hosted by the St. Andrews Arts Council is also unique in its focus on combining college-level academic classes for credit through Millikin University (Decatur, IL) with pre-professional performing opportunities and significant community involvement. (NON-MILLIKIN STUDENTS WELCOME TO APPLY)

(CA) Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI): 3-16 Jun, 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2012
“The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute is led by some of the world's finest musicians in the field of baroque performance. The Institute is held at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. This comprehensive training program includes orchestra and choir rehearsals, masterclasses, opera scene study for singers, chamber ensembles, private lessons, lectures and workshops, classes in baroque dance, and concerts by both participants and faculty. We invite advanced students, pre-professional and professional musicians to apply.  … ”

(FR) Baroque Dance Workshop With Christine Bayle (14-15 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 10, 2012

“La Gouastalla, from Destouches, Passepied

« The faster you'll be able to dance, without any haste » (from music treatise). With this dance, chosen especially for its being easy and quick to learn, the choreographer and workshop leader Christine Bayle will focus on speed of execution and virtuosity, which does not depend only on the work of the feet but also on the management and feeling of one's energy.

(BE) Baroque Dance Workhop with Ingolf Collmar (13-15 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 09, 2012
This workshop includes training in baroque dance technique, study of the ‘port de bras’ and working on 18th-century repertoire.

(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Dancing In The Court Of The Sun King" By Laura Osterlund (18 December 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 09, 2012
“During the 17th century, Versailles was an oasis of baroque opulence and artistic splendour.  Louis XIV, le Roi-Soleil (or “the sun king”), saw to it that his palace set the standard for magnificence.  Every wall was weighed down with artwork, and within those walls, music and dance enjoyed a prominent and lively place. …

(UK) Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools 2012 (5-12, 12-18 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2012

“In 2012 we are offering two week-long courses. Tuition and accommodation will be in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, one of the colleges of Cambridge University.

(UK) Call For Papers: Perspectives on Musical Improvisation Conference (10-13 Sep 2012) (CFP Deadline: 09 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 08, 2012

(Re-Post CFP Deadline Extended)

‘Perspectives on Musical Improvisation ‘ Conference - University of Oxford, 10-13 September 2012

The programme committee has extended the call for papers deadline by one week.  The closing date is now Monday 16th January.
Please send submissions to
For submission guidelines and more details on the conference, go to

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Improvisation is arguably the most widely distributed form of musical practice - and yet remains the least studied or understood. Indeed, even the boundaries of what is or is not regarded as improvisation remain unclear. This conference will address the many faces of improvisation from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives - historical, psychological, ethnomusicological, analytical, technological, sociological, organological, and pedagogical. Over the course of four days, the conference will include papers, practical sessions, and poster presentations.

The conference is affiliated to the AHRC-funded Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) and enjoys the support of SEMPRE, IMR, BFE, and SMA.

(UK) Musica Antiqua

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2012
A new UK magazine has made its appearance on the early music scene: Musica Antiqua

"Our vision for Musica Antiqua is very clear: with both of the founders being active professional early musicians, we feel we have a direct line to those performers and musicologists who are currently at the forefront of early music. Our aim is to provide articles written by the performers and musiciologists themselves. We intend also to bring a unique and creative design and layout to the articles in the magazine. Musica Antiqua will concentrate on music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and on bringing you all the latest news and developments from around the world."  (Claire Bracher, Editor)

(US) Consuming Music, Commodifying Sound, 1750-1850, Yale Univ., New Haven, (5-6 Oct 2012) (CFP Deadline: 1 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2012
Yale University
October 5-6, 2012


The period from 1750 to 1850 witnessed unprecedented growth in the musical marketplace. This was an age in which the proliferation of print technologies, the widening distribution of instruments for domestic use, and the gradual establishment of public music institutions across England and the Continent altered the patterns of circulation for music in its printed and sounding form.

(SE) eClassical "Daily Deal"

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2012

(From the latest eClassical newsletter of 02 Jan 2012. Some of you may be interested in some of the CD titles on sale.)

Introducing our Daily Deal.
Starting this month, we would like to offer an album every day at a huge discount of 50%. We hope this will be attractive for you helping you to enlarge your classical library and perhaps discover new and exciting music.  Click here for our Daily Deal

(UK) Linn Records Reflects on "The Best of 2011"

Contributed by Admin on Jan 05, 2012

The year that was

“It’s that time of year where we take a moment to reflect on the past twelve months. As Gramophone Editor James Inverne put it: "Having won Gramophone's coveted Label of the Year award in 2010, Linn Records are not a label to have rested on their laurels. Instead, as we have come to expect from them, the slate of fine new releases continued apace."

(FR) Les Passions Concert: "Une soirée chez Riquet" (29 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 04, 2012

Les Passions – Montauban’s Baroque Orchestra, directed by Jean-Marc Andrieu, invites the public to "Une soirée chez Riquet" In period costumes, the musicians, received by “Pierre-Paul Riquet” interact with the actor Maurice Petit who plays the brilliant inventor of the Canal du Midi, recounting the ups and downs of its construction.

(UK) Consort de Danse Baroque: Forthcoming Classes & Workshops

Contributed by Admin on Jan 04, 2012
“Consort de Danse Baroque is a historical dance company offering performances, lecture-demonstrations, school workshops, and an annual Baroque dance summer school, as well as regular classes in Baroque and historical dance in London, Bath, Birmingham, around the UK and abroad.”

(US) Yale University Conference: "Consuming Music, Commodifying Sound, 1750-1850" (5-6 Oct 2012) (CFP Deadline: 1 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 04, 2012

Consuming Music, Commodifying Sound, 1750-1850

Yale University NH
October 5-6, 2012

Call for Papers
The period from 1750 to 1850 witnessed unprecedented growth in the musical marketplace. This was an age in which the proliferation of print technologies, the widening distribution of instruments for domestic use, and the gradual establishment of public music institutions across England and the Continent altered the patterns of circulation for music in its printed and sounding form.

(US) Opera Today Review: "San Marco in Hamburg: Motets by Hieronymus Praetorius" (CD) (Steven Plank, 19 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 03, 2012
“In the first part of the seventeenth century, the north German city of Hamburg spawned an unusually rich organ culture, with Jacob Praetorius, the younger, and Heinrich Scheidemann both pupils of the famous Dutch organist, Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck, as leading figures.

(IT) Bîrûn. Seminars of Ottoman Music (16 Apr 2012 - 21 Mar 2012) (Scholarship Dealine: 1 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012
“ The Giorgio Cini Foundation offers six scholarships to allow the participation to the Seminars of Ottoman music “Bîrûn”, to be held in Venice from 16 to 21 April 2012. The seminar addresses professional or semi-professional musicians specialized in Ottoman classical music, or wishing to deepen their knowledge of the genre.

(IT) Summer Courses of Musica Antica in Magnano (9-17 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012
“The object of these courses is to offer specialisation to trained musicians and to introduce younger musicians to the study and interpretation of early music. The courses include the study of musicological and organological aspects related to the various instruments.

(UK) Handel House - Looking Back on 2011

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012
“… we at Handel House reflect on the amazing year we have had. The main highlight – and milestone – has been our 10th anniversary year. To celebrate we had some very special performances from Richard Egarr with his English suites by Bach and Handel and the London Handel Players in residence performing 8 concerts over 4 days. Not to forget Composer-in-Residence Kerry Andrew's series which included a wonderful event which saw the bed in Handel’s bedroom dressed beautifully with a ribbon score as if all his musical ideas were spilling out uncontrollably.

(UK) Hyperion Records Ltd. New Releases - January 2012

Contributed by Admin on Jan 01, 2012

New releases for January 2012 from Hyperion Records Ltd.

Handel in Hamburg

A boisterous selection of the orchestral music Handel wrote for the Hamburg opera, some recorded for the first time. He arrived aged just eighteen and spent four hectic years absorbing the influences of this most culturally diverse of cities.

(CA) BBC Radio 3: Mary Ann Kennedy "A visit to the Chants de Vielles Festival in Quebec" (Broadcase 11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 31, 2011
“Mary Ann Kennedy explores the rich folk traditions of Quebec at the annual Chants de Vielles Festival in the tiny village of Calixa La Vallée. Its main stage, set up in a barn, hosts a performance by star a cappella group Les Charbonniers d'Enfer; Les Chauffeurs a Pied play for a barn dance; and trio Serre l'Ecoute lead the audience in some rousing anti-English songs from the eighteenth century.

(CA) All of the Very Best of Wishes in the New Year Filled With Merriment and Music!

Contributed by Admin on Dec 31, 2011

Have a safe celebration and please do not drink and drive!

Marc Paré

(US) Opera Today Review: "A Year at King’s" (CD) (By Steven Plank, 18 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011
“This recent recording of the men and boys from King’s College, Cambridge, is an anthology organized around the texts and themes of the liturgical year, a scheme that offers ample opportunity for diverse works—in that sense the recording feels something like a “sampler”—but a scheme that also reflects the real experience of the daily life of the choir which sings demanding choral services six days of the week in term time.

(BE) Capilla Flamenca Newsletter (19 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011

The latest newsletter from Capilla Flamenca brings news of well-deserved awards for the group:

DIAPASON D'OR for “Flemish Polyphony”
PRIX CHOC for “Heinrich Isaac, Ich muss dich lassen”

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