(CA) ANALEKTA Record Label: "Win The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's New Album"

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012
“Bach's St. John Passion is one of the masterworks of the choral repertory, but it took time for it to be acknowledged as the masterpiece it truly is. It was re-discovered after Mendelssohn's performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 had stunned the music world, awakening it to the superlative quality of Bach's vocal music, and, at the same time, creating an upsurge in the performance of choral music in general, which continues to this day. This recording of the St. John Passion by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem – America's oldest Bach society -- is an acknowledgement of an important part of its history.

(US) Leap Day One-Day Sale at ArkivMusic

Contributed by Admin on Feb 29, 2012
A little late, but … if you can still catch this sale event and are interested in any of the sale items … the sale ends by the end-of-day midnight EST February 29th. There are early music titles available that may be of interest.

(UK) The Bath Minuet Company: The Bath Georgian Ball (31 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012
The Bath Georgian Ball is hosted annually by Bath Minuet Company and has become a highlight of the early dance calendar.

The Guildhall in Bath continues to provide the perfect setting for this event which draws enthusiasts and practitioners of historic dance from around the world.

(UK) The City Waites

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“With a riot of period instruments, lusty voices and all the exuberance of an early street or theatre band, THE CITY WAITES perform popular English songs, ballads and dance music from the Tudor period to the early 19th century. Street cries, theatre songs, bawdy broadside ballads, early Music Hall, Coffee House catches, courtly dances and the foot-stomping rhythms of a village dance band.

(UK) The Renaissance Singers Concert: "Meet the Artist - Sally Dunkley" (15 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012

Location: St Paul’s Knightsbridge Church Hall, 77 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8ED

“Join the Renaissance Singers for an evening of music, wine and conversation -  the first in a new series of ‘Meet the Artist’ evenings where eminent figures in the field of early music talk about the high points of their career and share some of the music that has featured most significantly on the way. Soprano Sally Dunkley is our first special guest and will be interviewed by Alistair Dixon, conductor of Chapelle du Roi and former Chairman of the Renaissance Singers.

(US) Concordia Consort Prelude Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church (4 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elms Street in Concord, MA US

Soprano Eileen Cecilia Callahan joins recorder players Sheila Beardslee, George Mastellone, Brian Warnock & Henia Yacubowicz for a 30 minute program of Lenten chorales and penitential psalms.  This program features works by Byrd, Wilbe, Morley, Bull, Hassler, Pedersøn, Cato, Lassus, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Bach.

Following our concert program, the Trinity Parish Choir (Robert Barney, director) will sing choral evensong, featuring canticles and the verse anthem “My shepherd is the living Lord” by Thomas Tomkins.

(DE) Thüringer Bachwochen 2012 (30 mar - 22 apr 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 28, 2012
“I would like to give a warm welcome to all guests of the 2012 Thuringia Bach Festival. This year’s festival in honour of the “fifth Evangelist” Johann Sebastian Bach is dedicated to the 2012 theme of the Luther decade “Reformation and Music”. There is good reason for this: the reformation was, after all, an important milestone in the redirection of European music culture. The music of the reformation has had a world wide impact on the cultural landscape that, even today, reaches far beyond the religious realm.

(IT) Contraddanza

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

Contraddanza has been performing since 1992, disseminating and studying Renaissance court dances very popular between 400 and 600 as well as the English Country Dance of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The group has performed in numerous plays and pageants in different sites, mainly in Northern Italy, receiving wide acclaim from critics and audiences. As well Contraddanza has participated in national competitions of ancient dances, always finishing near the top and has participated in theater sets based in medieval and Renaissance eras.”

(FR) Académie baroque européenne d'Ambronay News (20 jun - 7 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012

The team will provide educational support from the Academy in 2012 is complete.

Leonardo Garcia Alarcon chose the coaching team will be teaching alongside him in the preparation of di matrimonio Cambiale Rossini. Raúl Giménez, Argentinian tenor repertoire Rossini specialist, will train the singers during the traineeship will take place at the Collegio Ghislieri in Pavia in May 2012. Girolamo Bottiglieri oversee the strings and winds Patrick Beaugiraud when preparing to Ambronay in June and July 2012. They will train 36 young musicians and singers at the auditions selected European.

(FR) Académie Bach Concert: "Selon Jean" (19 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012

According to St. John’s Passion (J.S. Bach 1685-1750)
Eglise d'Arques-la-Bataille, FR
Concert Date/Time: 19 may 2012, at 20:30

: "La Mort du Christ et ses représentations baroques"
de Jean-Paul Combet à 17h - Presbytère d'Arques-la-Bataille
(by reservation, you can contact via telephone or online form)

Also, participate in the performance. Details below.

(UK) Lufthansa Festival News 2012, Issue 9, February 2012 (Festival Dates: 18-26 May)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 27, 2012


Christian Curnyn writes...

“World-class performers gather to perform and compete for a fiercely partisan audience! Huge sums of money change hands! Fights break out between rival factions, and even politicians and royalty are swept up in the hysteria! Olympic London 2012? Let's wait and see... Operatic London 1726? Most definitely!

(US) CORRECTION: San Francisco Renaissance Voices Calendar Listing - March 18, 24&25 - (San Francisco Palo Alto, Alameda)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012

- A calendar correction from the SFRV. Please update your calendars -

WHO:  San Francisco Renaissance Voices (Todd Jolly, Music Director)
WHAT:  Music from the Court of Ferrariae - works by Martini, Obrecht, Isaac and Josquin
WHEN/WHERE (NOTE - 3 Concerts):
  • Sunday, March 18 - 5:00 pm - First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
  • Saturday, March 24 - 7:30 pmSeventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Avenue, San Francisco
  • Sunday, March 25 - 4:00 pm - All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley, Palo Alto


(DE) Zeitfenster Biennale Alter Musik Konzerthaus Berlin (21 apr - 4 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012
Early music festival held on Berlin. Visit the site for more information on its concert listings.

(BE) Flanders Recorder Quartet

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“Welcome to the Flanders Recorder Quartet web site, the most up to date source of information of this revolutionary ensemble. 25 years old this year and yet younger and more refreshing then ever! Please click on any of the items on the right side of this page to find out more about the group's recordings, touring schedule, recent press critiques, historical facts and different programmes. We hope to welcome you soon to one of the quartet's performances in Belgium or abroad!”

(DE) Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen - International Handel Festival at Göttingen (17-28 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012

International Handel Festival at Göttingen (DE) 

Tickets are now available at the usual ticket outlets for all Göttingen International Handel Festival events. You can also use the online ticket service directly accessible on this site via the programme items.

The Festival begins on May 17 when the new artistic director of the Handel Festival, talks about his artistic career, gives an overview of the program in 2012 and looks ahead to the future of the festival.

(BE) Outhere Record Label

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012
“Outhere is an independent musical production and publishing company whose discs are published under the catalogues Æon, Alpha, Fuga Libera, Outnote, Ramée, Ricercar and Zig Zag Territoires. Each catalogue has its own well defined identity. Our discs and our digital products cover a repertoire ranging from ancient and classical music to the contemporary, jazz and world music. We work with great artists and established ensembles, but we are also keen to invest in the development of young talent.

(US) New England Early Music Calendar

Contributed by Admin on Feb 26, 2012 Weblinks Revisited

“The New England Early Music Calendar offers the most complete listing of concert, workshop, lecture and exhibit events in the six-state New England region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island).

(CA) Nota Bene Baroque Concert: "An English Messiah" (11 mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012
“What....HENRY'S Messiah?

You read that right. Handel wasn't the only one to set those familiar texts to music. Henry Purcell beat him to it, and you can hear these remarkable settings on March 11.

(SE) Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF) (6-10 jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012
“This year’s delights? The phenomenal maestro Alessandrini conducts Concerto Italiano, top ensemble Le Poème Harmonique visits from France, and German Cantus Cölln bring their dazzling vocal skill. All exclusive visits for SEMF, and first performances in Stockholm! Colourful Swiss ensemble Elyma opens the festival with exotic baroque sounds from Latin America. Also, a memorial concert for Gustav Leonhardt, Faroese ”kvaddans”, Portuguese early world music, greetings from Swedish 18th century poet Carl Michael Bellman…

(BE) Scherzi Musicali, dir. Nicolas Achten : France Musicque "Matin de musiciens" - Interview (20 feb 2012) "

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012

“Domenico Mazzocchi 1630 : soleil et ruines de Rome”, with the ensemble Scherzi Musicali, dir. Nicolas Achten

Podcast: 01:30:00

Monday mornings, France Musique starts the week off with “Matin des musiciens” with interviews of all genres. Along with the participation of Edouard Fouré Caul-Futy, the ensemble Scherzi Musicali, is interviewed on the details and influences of Domenico Mazzocchi (1592-1665) vocal compositions.

(FR) Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas (Var) (16-27 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012
This year’s concert events have been posted in the Callas Early Music Festival website. You may want to visit the site if you are planning on being in the area.

(FR) Asfeld 2012 - 6ème Festival International de Viole de Gambe d'Asfeld (29-30 jun, 1 jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 25, 2012

Early Music Festival at Asfeld

International viola da gamba festival held every year. The programme is available online. If your interest lies with the viola da gamba you may want to visit the site and peruse their itinerary. The church at Asfeld is believed to have been built along the lines of a viola da gamba.

(UK) Wynndebagge

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012
“wynndebagge has been at the forefront of bringing medieval, Renaissance and European dance music to a wider audience whilst making them laugh for over 15 years. With ancestral roots amongst the Russian steppes and French Huguenots and links to branches in British television comedy, film, the RSC and Music Hall, his influences are culturally diverse yet his style very English. …

(US) Harmonia Early Music Post (14 feb 2012): Grammy-Nominated/Winners of Early Music Recordings

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012

Harmonia extends congratulations to all of the 2011 Grammy winners! 

In the classical music genre, there were several early music recordings nominated.  Harmonia would like to highlight these recordings for your enjoyment.

(AT) "Summer 1712" - 7th zeitenTANZ Summer School for Baroque Dance (19-26 aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 24, 2012

Location: Set in the soft green hills of the Mostviertel (Lower Austria), the → Benedictine abbey of Seitenstetten,  founded in 1112, doesn't really show it's age: Famous 18th century artists like Paul Troger and Bartolomeo Altomonte gave it the handsome baroque face it still preserves today. The abbey and its famous baroque garden, perfect for relaxing between dance lessons, lend their atmosphere to our summer school.

Classes will be held in rooms of the abbey and the new Education Center St. Benedikt alternately. Students will be lodged in the Education Center's cosy hostel.

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