Fantastic beasts to be found at Utrecht’s Catharijne Convent

Museum Catharijne Convent in Utrecht casts a spell! It displays rare illuminated medieval manuscripts in a wonderful exhibition. Here are medieval versions of Rowling’s’ fantastic beasts – as well as knights, ladies, saints, flowers and other wonderful images.

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The World of Pyke Koch in Utrecht

Utrecht’s Centraal Museum has an interesting exhibition called “The World of Pyke Koch” till the 18th of March 2018. Pyke Koch was an important Dutch member of a group of artists creating ‘magic realistic’ works. In literature and art, the genre focuses on realistic situations which include magical, mythical elements.

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Castello Consort can’t cope with criticism

By now, they have been reported. But just a warning, if like me, you are a culture journalist. Some musicians can’t take criticism – even if it is not directed at them and journalists are merely citing other people.

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Trust the satnav!

Can Google Maps and other satnav software be trusted? Some swear by such software. Many swear at the software. Some unflappables allow some leeway.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 12: Artem Belogurov

It was nice to have as last concert of the day, a performance by Mr. Belogurov. He may nearly be dubbed “an old hand”. He regularly performs in the Netherlands and it was not the first time I had the good fortune, to hear him at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

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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 10: The judges are out

While queueing for Silva Norvegic’s fringe concert, I overheard the conversation mentioned in the previous post. Just one remark to the spammer: read articles, posts, remarks, before you decide who is on the receiving end of criticism and why.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 9: Castello Consort

No idea why the locals often automatically get praised. National pride versus not enough knowledge of and exposure to what is happening in the wider world?

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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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Utrecht Early Music Festival 7: So”What’s new?”

The short “What’s new?” series of lectures are half-hour presentations by musicians who present their research. It is a new feature of the Early Music Festival and takes place nearly each festival day. The talks take place in Herz, at Tivoli-Vredenburg and start at 18:30.

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