(UK) Chorworks: Music from the Royal Courts of Elizabeth I and Philip II of Spain (16 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 13, 2012

Open Workshop

Led by: Sally Dunkley and Philip Cave
Location: St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, EC1A 9DE

This workshop is devoted to music by three great composers of the late 16th century: Robert White and William Byrd in England, and Philippe Rogier in Spain. Sally Dunkley and Philip Cave share their interest and experience as performers and editors and co-present a workshop including White's great five-part Lamentations and sacred music by Rogier and Byrd.

(CA) 2012 Summer Festivals & Workshops Listings and Calendar

Contributed by Admin on Jan 13, 2012

(Re-posted -- Admin)

You have most likely noticed recent listings for festivals and workshops on our news and calendar pages. If your group has not appeared on our listings, feel free to send us an email with details of your workshop or festival with a link to a webpage where we can re-direct our readers. If you publish a newsletter, we would like to sign up to your newsletter list -- send us a note and we will sign up.

To many of us, the new year signals the time of summer festivals or workshops plans. We hope our news and calendar pages will offer you the details to plan forays into the world of summer early music festival or workshop events.

All of the very best of wishes to your search for that perfect festival or workshop. Happy planning!

Marc Paré

(FR) AKADÊMIA Françoise Lasserre -- Concerts: Composers Under the Influence: Bach - Mendelssohn - Brahms - Martin (19-21 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012
  • BACH: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225
  • MENDELSSOHN: Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener, opus 69, n°1Richte mich Gott, opus 78, n°2 - Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen ?, opus 78, n°3
  • BRAHMS: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mu hseligen ?, opus 74, n°1
  • MARTIN: Mass for Double Choir 32 Singers, organ
    Françoise LASSERRE
    , conductor

(US) San Francisco Early Music Society Workshop: "Medieval & Renaissance Workshop - The Art of the Consort" (17-23 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012

Director: Tom Zajac

The Art of the Consort will be the theme of the 2012 Medieval & Renaissance Workshop, and workshop directors Tom Zajac and Greta Hryciw and the all-star faculty will be making available to participants an unprecedented selection of classes related to this theme.

(US) American Bach Soloists 2012 season

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012


Following the tremendously successful, sold-out performances of Handel’s Messiah at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral in December, American Bach Soloists (ABS) and music director Jeffrey Thomas are poised to deliver a thrilling season of performances in 2012.

(US) The Counter Tenor Voice: January 2012 Issue

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012
From the Editor’s Desk at TCV

“ One year ago today, The Countertenor Voice published its first issue.  We have published around sixty articles on vocal technique and the singing life, as well as in depth reviews of recordings and artists.  THANKS TO EVERYONE who has read, shared, and commented on these pieces.

(FR) Cie des Fetes baroques and Chrystelle Arcelin Baroque Dance Workshop (28 Jan; 11 Feb; 17 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012

First session:
Contredanses , pas de bourrée,  pas de rigaudon et les chassés
la matelote, Jeanne qui saute, la frêne...

Second session:
pas de sissone , travail des  bras ....  pas de menuet,
et la "Bourrée d'Achille" danse mixte, bourrée et menuet à tour de rôle.....

(FR) Historical Costume Workshop (21-22 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012

Special Venise with Xavier Monimart, “costumier” 

A short weekend in the countryside to advance your historical costume project … The idea is that each come with your project and cloth … Masculin or feminin. Costume workshop, in the Loir and Cher, where you work at your own pace under the watchful eyes of Xavier Monimart,“costumier hors pair” … You bring your pattern, your cloth … your machine … Limited to 6 participants!!!

(UK) Dunedin Consort Glasgow Choral Workshop: John Passion (14 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012
“We base our workshops on pieces we are passionate about. This year is no different and we will be working on Bach’s John Passion which is the main drive of our recording initiave for 2012.

(CA) Arion Ensemble Croque-Baroque à Ogilvy:: "Voyage en Italie du 17e siècle" (Journey through 17th Century Italy (13 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 11, 2012
Delve into the zestful sound-world of Italian composers such as T. Merula, G. Frescobaldi and A. Stradella with violonists Chloe Meyers and Tanya LaPerrière, cellist Amanda Keesmaat and harpsichordist Hank Knox.

(CA) CAMMAC Summer Camp 2012 (27-29 Apr; 18-20 May; 24 Jun-12 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 11, 2012

Experience the Cammac spirit with our professionnal teachers and musicians for participants of all abilities, all ages, in a bilingual and family oriented environment.

April 27-29: The Bach Weekend with Christopher Jackson
May 18-20: The Chamber Music Weekend
Weekly sessions June 24-August 12, 2012

(US) American Bach Soloists 2012 Festival & Academy (12-22 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 11, 2012
“Our 2012 Festival focuses on three of Baroque music's most inspired eras and geographical centers of brilliant composers: Renaissance & Restoration England, The Legacy of Bach's Northern Germany, and Parisian Opera Composers.

(US) Early Music DC January 2012 Concerts

Contributed by Admin on Jan 11, 2012

(From the latest Early Music DC newsletter -- ed.)

“Happy New Year! Have you recovered from the holidays yet? It's a relatively light month for concerts, but such a broad range -- from Hildegard von Bingen back in the 12th century, to Brazilian and Portuguese music from the 18th century. Let's go!

(FR) Jean Cassignol: News, Events and Catalogue Updates

Contributed by Admin on Jan 11, 2012

(from Jean Cassignol most recent newsletter -- ed.)

Michel Démarez, guitar/e & Jean Cassignol, recorders / flûtes à bec - New videos / Nouvelles vidéos

Chamber music

New repertoire for flute / recorder and guitar

Jean Cassignol, recorders /  flûtes à bec
Michel Démarez, guitar / guitare

Concert in St Witz, France, 18th December 2011
Live recordings 

(US) Amherst Early Music "Winter Weekend Workshop" (13-16 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 11, 2012
“Co-directed by Gwyn Roberts, recorder and flute, and Marilyn Boenau, bassoon and co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Camden Fine Arts Department

Come to Philadelphia for a delightful weekend of music! This popular workshop offers a wide variety of classes held at Rutgers University Camden. After class, explore Philadelphia's historic district and enjoy gastronomical delights at downtown restaurants!

(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)

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