(UK) Cambridge University Press New Release: "The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation"

Contributed by admin on Aug 01, 2015

Publication planned for: August 2015

"This is the first book to combine museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument. As one of the world's leading conservators of musical instruments, Stewart Pollens gives practical advice on the handling, storage, display and use of historic musical instruments in museums and other settings, and provides technical information on such wide-ranging subjects as  ...

(UK) Cambridge Woodwind Makers - Workshops on Instrument Making, Maintenance & Care

Contributed by admin on Jul 31, 2015

"Cambridge Woodwind Makers is a not for profit organisation, whose trustees are commited to providing a platform from which to preserve and teach the skills associated with woodwind instrument making. 

Located within the ACE Foundation cultural center at Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP, UK.


It is our objective to make a difference. By bringing together the best resources possible into a new visitors centre and learning environment, we can inspire new people to get making and improve the skills of those who are willing to learn.

With these skills learnt and preserved, we will continue to have ...

(UK) Handel House: New instruments and Keeping Cool

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2015

(From a recent Handel House newsletter)

"Two new instruments have recently joined the Handel House collection. A 1752 bureau organ by Joseph Snetzler and a 1754 double manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman were very generously donated in memory of Ellie Warburg (1932-2014) of Hamden, Connecticut, USA. Both instruments are now installed in the house and it is hoped that they will be used for performances before too long.  ...

(US) The New Yorker August Issue Article: "I can't go on" "What's Behind Stagefright?" (By Joan Acocella)

Contributed by admin on Jul 30, 2015

We all suffer at some point of stagefright. But what are the reasons behind it and how does it affect some who perform on stage? (Marc Paré, Editor,

"Stagefright has not been heavily studied, which is strange because, as Solovitch tells us, it is common not only among those who make their living on the stage but among the rest of us, too. In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nebraska-Omaha ...

(US) Harmonia Early Music Podcast: "Plectrums, Pizzicato, And Plucks" by Janelle Davis Posted (20 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"We’re devoting this edition of Harmonia to instruments of the plucked variety. Lutes, guitars, harps and harpsichords will pick and pizz us through the hour. Plus, a special tribute from Paul O’Dette for friend and fellow lute player Pat O’Brien who passed away in 2014, and a feature release from Armonia Celeste called Lover’s Beware.. ...

(PL) 16th “Cracovia Danza” Court Dance Festival (26 Jul -- 1-2 Aug 2015) -- UPDATE

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

(From a recent newsletter)

"XVI Court Dance Festival "Cracovia Danza" is at the halfway point. In the Villa Decius on its third day of the workshop of ancient dances from different parts of the world, which includes over 150 participants. They will present their new skills during the Friday demonstration on stage at the Villa Decius and on Saturday and Sunday in the Main Square. ...

(FR) 2015 Festival Académie Bach Arques-la-Bataille, Haute-Normandie (15-22 Aug 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

Early Music Festival - 19th to 22nd August / Choral Singing Workshop - 15th to 22nd August
Marine Fribourg & Nicolas Renaux, choral conductors
Flore Merlin, accompanist

"Each year since 1997, the Académie Bach has been organising in Arques-la-Bataille an Early Music Festival which has gathered, over time, a loyal public through an audacious, innovative and exacting programme. Many of the great names of today’s baroque music have been accompanied in their creation and development by the residency program that we have put in place since our very foundation. ...

(CA) The Star Article: "Robin Phillips led Stratford into a brave new world" (By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, 28 Jul 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

"On June 11, 1975, Robin Phillips forever changed the way we would look at Shakespeare.

The artistic director of the Stratford Festival, who died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 73, was in the middle of his first season when he staged a production of the problematic dark comedy Measure for Measure. ...

(DE) Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden: "Fool's Cap and Donkey Ears" (19-27 Sep 2015)

Contributed by admin on Jul 29, 2015

Music and Morals from Renaissance to Romanticism

Concerts with Hermann Max and the Rheinische Kantorei, the King's Singers, Christine Schornsheim etc.

(Cologne, June 24, 2015): Having qualms about laughing out loud in concert? Not in Knechtsteden! The 24th edition of the Festival of Early Music Knechtsteden from September 19th to 27th revels in the vast fundus of humorous rapprochement of music and morale. In nine concerts and related formats such as the Young Festival and a symposium, this year's festival program approaches the subject with hearty scorn, frivolities and wit from Martin Luther's time to the Romantic period in locations around the Knechtsteden Romanesque monastery basilica. ...

(CA) Resources at Work for You

Contributed by admin on Jul 28, 2015

Just a reminder that not only brings to you news items from the early music international scene, but also has a voluminous "Weblinks" section with over * 2700+ early music specific weblinks *. Feel free to browse through the different weblinks sections.

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