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(BE) "Save La Petite Bande" website

Contributed by Admin on Mar 10, 2009
Please visit "Save La Petite Bande" website and voice your concern over the cuts in funding that may force the closure of this group.

As stated o­n the site:"The undersigned wants to strongly request the Flemish Minister of Culture in Belgium, Mr. Bert Anciaux, to realize the world-wide importance of baroque orchestra La Petite Bande.

This orchestra is o­ne of the most refreshing and renewing ensembles in its field. For over 37 years, it has been a true icon in the musical world, inspiring many other baroque musicians all over the world. Belgium should be proud to have this orchestra in its residence. When this orchestra would be forced to stop existing from of a lack in governmental subventions, this would be very harmful for Belgium's image in the world. It would be unthinkable for the musical world and it would mean an incredible loss for the international ànd the national cultural life.

The undersigned trusts that the Minister will take a critical look to the recommendations of the 'Beoordelingscommissie Kunsten en Erfgoed' and reconsiders their advice. "  (The site's claims have been confirmed with La Petite Bande organization.)

Please visit these sites to lend your voice of concern about this situation:
Save La Petite Bande       La Petite Bande offical website

(UK) Do You Enjoy Playing the Viol?

Contributed by ncem on Feb 27, 2009

Saturday 23 May 2009
Coffee served from 10.00am
Workshop 10.30am - 4.00pm
St Mary's Church Hall
North Bar Within
Beverley, HU17 8DG


(UK) University of York -- Baroque Day -- (May 2/2009)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 08, 2009
The University of York’s Annual Baroque Day, promoted in association with the National Centre for Early Music, marks the 350th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell.

Tickets: For single concerts: £12.00 (concessions £10.00) For all concerts: £34.00 (concessions £28.00)

Yvonne Seymour soprano, Stephen Varcoe bass, David Miller theorbo with the University of York Chamber Choir, Compagnia d’Instrumenti and the University Baroque Ensemble directed by Peter Seymour.

10.30am Purcell & the Church
1.00pm Purcell and the Theatre (I)
2.30pm Purcell in Context (free ticketed lecture)
3.30pm Domestic Purcell
7.00pm Purcell & the Theatre (II)

For detailed information please go to http://www.ncem.co.uk or ask for the University of York concerts brochure.

(UK) Mantra (May 7/2009)

Contributed by ncem on Feb 08, 2009
Musical Conversations Across the Indian Ocean The Orlando Consort with Kuljit Bhamra (tabla, Indian harmonium) Jonathan Mayer (sitar, sarod) Shahid Khn (voice) The National Centre for Early Music Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL Thursday 7 May 2009, 7,30pm The NCEM is delighted to host the opening concert of this national tour supported by Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation for New Music. The inspiration for this new collaborative project is sublime Iberian and Indian music from the early 1500s. Portuguese missionaries and Goan Indians joined together in music as churches, built in the exotic land known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, resounded to the extraordinary blended sounds of Europe and Asia.Tickets: £20.00 (concessions £15.00) including Indian refreshments.

Box Office: 01904 658338;
boxoffice@ncem.co.uk;
www.ncem.co.uk

(UK) York Early Music International Young Artists Competition (July 16-18/2009)

Contributed by ncem on Aug 14, 2008

The York Early Music Festival invites applications from young artists to take part in the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. The competition (which was previously held in association with the Early Music Network) will take place at the National Centre for Early Music from 16 - 18 July as part of the 2009 York Early Music Festival. ...

(UK) HMS Metals in Musical Instruments (September 12-14 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Jul 10, 2008
Historical Metallurgy Societly Annual Conference 2008: Metals in Musical Instruments, 12th-14th September, Oxford, UK

"The conference will be based in the Holywell Music Rooms, the oldest surviving purpose built concert hall in Europe. The Holywell Music Rooms, which are attached to Wadham College, were built in 1748 and Handel is among the many famous musicians and composers who have appeared here.

Two concerts will be given in association with the HMS Conference "Metals in Musical Instruments".  Both will be held in the Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford.  Tickets at £8 each, or £14 for both concerts, are available from Tickets Oxford, Tel 01865 305305 or o­nline at www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford.
  • The first concert, o­n Friday 12 September 2008 at 7.30pm, is introduced with a talk about the Music Room by John Melvin, and features a Harpsichord Recital and talk by Steven Devine.
  • The second concert, o­n Saturday 13 September 2008 at 7.45 pm, features a Brass Concert and talk by Crispian Steele-Perkins, accompanied by Steven Devine. ...


(DE) 29th Instrument Building Symposium, Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein

Contributed by Admin on Jul 08, 2008
October 24 – 26, 2008
History, Construction, and Techniques of Playing Clarinets
Lectures – Musical Demonstrations – Special Exhibit – Concert

Visit the Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein website for more information. (ed.)


(US) Boston Early Music Festival Announces 2009 Festival Operatic Centerpiece

Contributed by Admin on Jul 01, 2008

Boston Early Music Festival
Announces 2009 Festival Operatic Centerpiece
Antiochus und Stratonicaby
Christoph Graupner (1683–1760)
~~ Modern World Premiere ~~   ...

Indefatigable Musicians win Fenton House Competition (UK)

Contributed by Admin on Jun 22, 2008

Musici Infaticabili
, or the Indefatigable Musicians, lived up to their name when, after weeks of preparation and two elimination rounds, they took First Prize (£800) in the Finals of the Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House held o­n 29th May. The members of the group, Marta Goncalves (flute), Claire Bracher (viola da gamba) and Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord), impressed the jury of early music specialists with their sensitive and stylish rendition of an 18th century French suite. Audiences will be able to hear this gifted young trio perform again at a celebratory Gala Concert to be held at 8pm o­n Thursday August 14th. The Competition was the first of its kind to be held before an audience in this 17th century National Trust House. Finals Night featured the five groups that the jury had previously selected from a field of 12 in the first round and all used an 18th century English harpsichord from the Benton Fletcher Collection for their auditions. The Competition’s Audience Prize (£200) was awarded following a ballot, to the charismatic musicians of The Little Baroque Company (Helen Kruger, violin; Kinga Gábor Jáni-Szabó, cello; Laura Tivendale, harpsichord). ...

(US) WEKA conference (Berkeley, California) (June 8, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 29, 2008
"The Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) will present a o­ne-day conference (10 am - 4:30 pm) as part of the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition o­n June 8, 2008, at  MusicSources, 1000 The Alameda, Berkeley, California.

Registration (including lunch) is free for WEKA members and $45  (including lunch) for non-WEKA members; for seniors over 65 the fee is $35 and for students $25. 2008 ­ 2009 membership dues are due June 1. Dues are: regular - $45, senior over 65 - $35, and students $25. WEKA dues may be sent directly to Sandy Petty at MusicSources. When sending membership dues, please indicate if you will attend the June 8 conference. ...

(AT) Symposium (August 11, 2008)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
In conjunction with the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music 2008.

"Die Moral von der Geschicht" - the oratorio in the 17th Century René Jacobs and international music scholars In conversation with the audience.  Free entrance.

Visit Innsbruck Festival of Early Music website for more information.

(US) Claremont Colleges' Rare Musical Instrument Collection Is Sold

Contributed by Admin on Apr 22, 2008
"By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 21, 2008

For lovers of rare musical instruments, the Fiske Museum at the Claremont Colleges long has been an astonishing if somewhat mysterious collection.

Its 1,200 instruments from around the world include an 18th century Italian mandolin, unusual over-the-shoulder military brasses from the Civil War era, a gourd fiddle from Africa and a 9-foot-long temple trumpet from Tibet. ...

(US) The 25th Annual Historical Harp Society Conference/Workshop (Jun. 4-7/08)

Contributed by Admin on Apr 18, 2008
" Held in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival.

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us for our 25th Annual HHS Conference & Workshop.  Designed to appeal to harpists, harpers, musicologists, historians (and history enthusiasts) instrument builders, acousticians, linguists, writers and poets, and all kinds of musicians and music lovers, this year's program includes many outstanding scholars and performers from Europe, South America, and North America. It also reflects the ongoing efforts of the HHS to develop and cultivate an appreciation of all aspects of historical harps by seeking out and researching information not only from musical sources but also from other areas such as languages, literature, social and cultural history, art history, and anthropology. ...  


Rare painting of Mozart authenticated (London, UK)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 18, 2008
" LONDON (AFP) - A previously unknown portrait of Mozart has been found, and could be the most important portrait of the renowned composer ever to come to light, a British academic said Friday.The discovery -- which could be worth several million dollars -- was owned by the family of Johann Lorenz Hagenauer, a close friend of the Mozart family in Salzburg."This is arguably the most important Mozart portrait to be discovered since the composer's death in 1791 and o­nly the fourth known authentic portrait of him from his Vienna years," said Professor Cliff Eisen. "

See this Yahoo! news link and also  King's College (London) news link for more info.

Harpsichord Voicing by Tilman Skowroneck

Contributed by Admin on Mar 08, 2008

At www.skowroneck.de, I have made available new English version of my article o­n harpsichord voicing, which has previously appeared in Swedish and Dutch (1995 and 1998). Since then, I have collected more information about voicing (both with delrin and quill) and I have seen many more instruments by various makers and in various states that in o­ne or another way confirmed my ideas or helped to refine them. So while this text is, in structure, not unlike the original o­ne, it speaks, let us say, louder. This article is available in six postings o­n the main page www.skowroneck.de or as a pdf at http://skowroneck.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/voicing-complete-pdf/

The article was originally intended as an encouragement for using bird’s quills in harpsichords. However, the commonly used delrin is a very good alternative for quill, if it is used well. Even the reader who is not considering quill will find useful information about delrin.

Tilman Skowroneck

Phillip Serna discussing 'Viols in Our Schools' on 98.7 WFMT (US)

Contributed by Admin on Mar 04, 2008

98.7 WFMT Chicago's Impromptu Radio program presents Phillip Serna discussing "Viols in Our Schools" & performance by the Chicago Early Music Consort.

Phillip Serna will appear on 98.7 WFMT’s Impromptu Tuesday, May 13, 2008 directly following the 4PM newscast. It will be recorded live in WFMT’s Levin Performance Studio. In addition to performances by the Chicago Early Music Consort, Phillip Serna will be promoting the ‘Viols in Our Schools’ program as well as discussing upcoming performances. Listen to 98.7 WFMT on the Internet! Check out WFMT's free web streaming at http://www.wfmt.com.

For more information on ‘Viols in Our Schools’ visit: http://www.violsinourschools.org.

Viols in Our Schools (US)

Contributed by Admin on Feb 16, 2008
"Focusing o­n Music, History (European History) and English (Music of Shakespeare’s time) classes. A pilot program for the Viola da Gamba Society of America and the Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ focuses o­n bringing early strings to the classroom setting. With the viola da gamba/ viol’s connection to the evolution of the guitar (via the lute), it is an ideal instrument to introduce earlier repertoire to guitar classes, while it’s frequent use in the madrigal repertoire and use as a continuo instrument makes the viol an ideal for demonstrating to choral classes as well as to music theory and history classes. In addition to music programs, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ demonstrates early European music to European history classes, as well as English/ Literature classes focusing o­n Elizabethan/ Shakespearen England. You can visit 'Viols in Our Schools' at http://www.violsinourschools.org . "



Fenton House (London, UK) -- The Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition

Contributed by Admin on Feb 02, 2008
"Open to UK-based ensembles of two to four members: the instruments must include a harpsichord. The Competition consists of two rounds using o­ne of the 18th century English harpsichords in the Benton Fletcher Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments. The winning group will be awarded an £800 cash prize, and a concert at Fenton House, the Cobbe Collection and Finchcocks. A separate Audience Prize will also be awarded. Jury: David Owen Norris, Maggie Cole and Steven Devine. See information brochure/application form obtainable from Competition Organiser. Application form must be completed and submitted by 29 February 2008. Contact: Competition Organiser Mimi Waitzman for more information. " See the site for more information o­n the competition (ed.): Fenton House Keyboard Competition

Music Antiqua Harpsichord and Fortepiano Competition winners

Contributed by Admin on Aug 21, 2007
The results of this year's Musica Antiqua Festival Competition have been posted.

The jury for the International Harpsichord Competition were:Gustav Leonhardt [nl], Françoise Lengellé [fr], Andrea Marcon [it], Ketil Haugsand [nor], Johan Huys [be] (chairman), Davitt Moroney [uk/fr]. Winners of the harpsichord competition: (no 1st prize was awarded); 2nd Prize Ex Aequo -- Francesco Corti (IT) & Julien Wolfs (BE); 3rd Prize -- Tomoko Matsuoka (JP); 4th Prize -- Susan Toman (CA); 5th Prize -- Masumi Yamamoto (JP).

The jury for the International Fortepiano Competition were: Wolfgang Brunner [at], Claire Chevallier [be], Linda Nicholson [uk], Alexei Lubimov [ru], Ludger Rémy [de] (chairman), Bart van Oort [nl]. Winners of the fortepiano competition: (no 1st prize was awarded); 2nd Prize -- Stefania Neonato (IT); 3rd Prize Ex Aequo -- Alexandra Koreneva (RU) & Olga Andryushchenko (RU); Honorable mention -- Katarzyna Drogosz (PL).

See the site for more information o­n the competition as well as the Festival exhibitions. (ed.): Music Antiqua

Young Artists Competition Winners Announced

Contributed by Admin on Aug 19, 2007
"16 July 2007

Le Jardin Secret was announced as the winner of the 12th Early Music Network Young Artists Competition o­n Saturday 14th July 2007 by Ashley Solomon, Chairman of the Competition Judges.

Le Jardin Secret – comprising soprano Elisabeth Dobbin; Romina Lischka viola da gamba, Sofie Vanden Eynde theorbo and David Bluden harpsichord - perform a wide range of seventeenth and eighteenth-century repertoire, exploring the possibilities of creative continuo playing and improvisation. Taking its name from the French metaphor for the heart, it performs music that is intimate and highly expressive. The members of the group were postgraduates at conservatories in Basel and The Hague and have worked with some of the most prestigious names in early music today.

The Competition, which takes place at the National Centre for Early Music in York, attracted young artists from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Europe, South America, Norway and of course from the UK. The winners received a cheque for £1,000 plus an invitation to return to the York Early Music Festival in 2008 and a variety of recording opportunities. ... "

See site for more details: National Centre for Early Music

Last Frontier Organ Tour

Contributed by Admin on Mar 16, 2007
Next organ tour: May 26 - June 3, 2007 (Buenos Aires - Argentina)

Organ visiting - City tour - Concerts - Tango show and classes - Dinner - Wine tasting

Hotel accomodation - Ground transportation

Enjoy the beauties of Buenos Aires and its people...

A rare opportunity to experience the musical life and culture of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina by signing o­n to the Last Frontier Organ Tour this coming May 26-June 3, 2007

There be organs, of course some fantastic European instruments by Europe's finest builders among them Cavaille-Coll, Walcker, Serrasii. Early music concerts, a couple tango lessons, visits to the cultural monuments of that great city and a harpsichord recital are planned for Buenos Aires.

Last Frontier Organ Tour


Play: BACH AT LEIPZIG

Contributed by Admin on Nov 10, 2005
" Text – Itamar Moses
Direction – Pam MacKinnon

Leipzig, Germany, 1722: seven rival musicians jump at the chance to fill the most sought-after musical post in Europe: organmaster at Leipzig. Inspired by actual events, emerging playwright Itamar Moses has crafted a hilarious fugue of schemes and mayhem as each musician deliciously blackmails, bribes, and double-crosses to win the position. When Bach at Leipzig played at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater last season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said, “Imagine the Marx Brothers and Tom Stoppard collaborating o­n a play.” ...

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