Utrecht Early Music Festival 11: Silva Norvegica

The volunteers had locked the door and were struggling with the Early Music Festival banner. It kept folding, rolling tight and likely with a sharp, nasty snap. The public waited patiently and looked on. We were locked out, but the glass wall gave us a view of the struggle. Members of Silva Norvegica and instruments turned up, each time having to knock on the door to be allowed in.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 8: Ensemble Hesperi

KuuB’s owner Mr. Jaap Roëll, introduced Scottish ensemble “Hesperi”. Their fringe concert took place in his art gallery. Tickets for this concert had completely sold out. Even extra seats provided by volunteers and the owner for people without tickets queuing to attend, were not enough to seat all! The last few people without tickets had to be turned away – and sadly, they missed a wonderful fringe concert. A truly fabulous concert!

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One famous and one nearly forgotten American Bard

It was a cold evening, but as usual, the welcome was warm. So after showing our tickets and obtaining programs, my friends and I quickly found seats. I was especially looking forward to this performance, as the recital would be of works by my favorite poetess.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016 part 4: Windsor Consort

I nearly skipped from the Jong Barok’s fringe concert, across Utrecht and its market to Tivoli-Vredenburgh. This is the Early Music Festival’s hub for 10 days. The building contains several concert halls in different sizes. During the lunch hour, its largest hall is used for fringe concerts by musicians who have graduated from “just” fringe to the fabulous fringe group.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 2016 part 2: opening concert

The opening concert of Utrecht’s 35th Early Music Festival by Gli Angeli was of course beautiful and impressive. By now, nothing less is expected of the festival’s artists in residence. Especially in the first Friday evening concert which kicks off the festival.

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Antwerp and Utrecht: “Mors” and “La Serenissima”

Last year’s Festival of Early Music with its theme “England my England” was a great success. Over 64,500 visitors, nearly 100 volunteers and 1000 musicians helped create a lasting memory for all who visited one or more concerts. At the end of the 2015 festival, the 35th festival’s theme was announced: “La Serenissima”!

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Branoul Literary Salon: Enoch Arden

The last literary salon of 2015 did not attract the usual crowd. Three people were moaning about it and commenting on the differences between the cultural scenes of several major cities. I listened to their moans and criticism, while idly sitting in the theatre’s corridor waiting for the doors to open.

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Early Music Festival Utrecht 2015 part 20: Arta Helsinki

Fabulous Fringe concert: the sweet return of Arta Helsinki

The last fringe concerts of the Early Music Festival in Utrecht took place Sunday the 6th of September. Still sniggering after attending the Scroll Ensemble’s interpretation of a Masque, I sauntered back to the ugly Tivoli-Vredenburg building. Like others, I had chosen Arta Helsinki’s fabulous fringe concert to conclude the series of fringe concerts of the 2015 festival.

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