Let's celebrate Early Music
The Early Music Day is held every year on 21st March, a day celebrating the beginning of spring, and the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. Also on FestivalFinder.eu you can find a whole range of Early Music and Baroque festivals.
The Early Music Day is a celebration of more than a millennium of music, through concerts, events, and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe. A lot of these events are livestreamed! Check out our selection of early music festivals with the EFFE Label 2019-2020.
Misteria Paschalia Festival
15 - 22 April 2019, Krakow - Poland
The Misteria Paschalia Festival, a trademark of Krakow as a city of early music, is one of Europe's most important events focusing on Renaissance and Baroque music. It has earned a great reputation thanks to its carefully developed image, integrated concept and carefully selected programme. It presents a wide repertoire featuring new projects prepared especially for Misteria Paschalia. The formula is based on presenting music linked to the Holy Week and Easter, performed by masters and outstanding interpreters of early music. For the last fourteen years, the festival has been attracting music lovers from across the country, as well as promoting Krakow as a city hosting cultural events on a global scale.
Stockholm Early Music Festival
4 - 9 June, Stockholm - Sweden
Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF) is the largest event for baroque, renaissance and medieval music in the Nordic countries going into its 18th edition in 2019.
Miercurea Ciuc Early Music Festival
7-14 July 2019, Miercurea Ciuc - Romania
Since 1980, the Early Music Festival in Miercurea Ciuc brings together more than 150 musicians from all over Europe each summer, from emerging artists to acknowledged professionals. They celebrate the colorful European Early Music for a week together with their audience in this charming little town from Transylvania, playing historical instruments in the court and bastions of the old castle, in churches, cafés and in the streets, and improving their performing skills during the Summer School.
Næstved Early Music Festival
1-8 August 2019, Næstved- Denmark
10-12 concerts with music from the renaissance up to the baroque performed by international artists in the medieval town that used to host eight monasteries.
2 - 11 August 2019, Bruges - Belgium
MAfestival Brugge is an internationally renowned festival for early music, boasting a daring programme and an innovative outlook on tradition. Every summer, it presents and creates a wide range of activities in the historical setting of Bruges and its surroundings. These activities include a thematic concert series, grounded in a coherent and through-provoking dramaturgy; the prestigious International Competitions Musica Antiqua for young baroque soloists; a series of Fringe concerts for young and promising ensembles; a specialist exhibition of historical instruments; and the musical bikeride VéloBaroque.
2 - 31 August, Brežice - Slovenia
Seviqc Brežice is early music festival based solely on historically-inspired performance, performed with the most distinguished artists, paying great attention towards young talents. The programme is set exclusively at venues of cultural heritage (castles, manors, churches, monasteries, and other eminent venues) in different places mostly in the central and eastern Slovenia.
Utrecht Early Music Festival
23 August - 1 September 2019, Utrecht - Netherlands
Established in 1982, the 10-day Utrecht Early Music Festival has been the flagship production of the Organisatie Oude Muziek, with over 250 concerts and related activities in the centre of the city, both at TivoliVredenburg and other interesting venues. Every year, a special series of over 60 free fringe concerts, as well as various workshops and masterclasses, open up this festival to young talent from all over the world. The goal of the festival is to keep the adventure of early music alive.
Festival de Royaumont
31 August - 6 October 2019, Asnières-sur-Oise - France
From early music to contemporary creation, from choreographic research to encounters transcultural, the Festival is the emerging face of the permanent activity of the International Center for Royaumont's music and dance artists: he presents to the public the work accomplished by artists in residence and laureates. Concerts, shows, meetings, youth workshops, family activities, installations and exhibitions invest all the places of the abbey, from the historic halls to the gardens. The Festival also offers a restaurant, weekends at the abbey, family activities.
Grandezze & Meraviglie, Festival Musicale Estense
November 2019, Modena - Italy
Grandezze & Meraviglie Festival Musicale Estense celebrates the remarkable and unique value of the musical heritage of Modena and the territories that belonged to the Este family. This festival of early music has become an international reference point as an example of creativity and performing talent. Concerts are held in historical venues in Modena, Ferrara, Sassuolo, Vignola, Zocca, and in the Este family's Villa Sorra. A free programme of early music lectures runs throughout the festival.
Valletta International Baroque Festival
10-25 January 2020, Valletta - Malta
Since its launch in 2013, the Valletta International Baroque Festival has treated audiences to a unique event featuring some of the best soloists and ensembles in the baroque music scene. Taking as its main venue one of the oldest working theatres in the world, Teatru Manoel, this prestigious two-week festival also plays out within many wonderful baroque and historical venues, such as St.
John's Co-Cathedral, the Aula Capitulare in Mdina and The Grand Salon of the Archeology Museum.Every year the musical programme secures some of the best contemporary exponents of Baroque music from the international and local sphere to contribute to the celebration of Malta's capital.
Bach Academie Brugge
15 - 16 January 2020, Bruges - Belgium
An adventurous look at the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and beyond, created by Concertgebouw Brugge, Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe, featuring classical and jazz concerts by established and emerging artists, dance and family performances, lectures, art installations and exhibitions, about 20 events in total each year built around a single theme.
UPDATE: Festivals in May and June
Due to COVID-19, many festivals supposed to happen in May and June have been postponed or cancelled.
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