EUROPEAN DAY OF EARLY MUSIC
The 21st March not only marks the first day of spring, but also Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday and the European Day of Early Music. 2017 will see this anniversary being celebrated for the fifth time.
Early Music spans more than a millennium of music from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. Through concerts, events and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe, the European Day of Early Music is an important tribute to this historical musical heritage.
The European Day of Early Music is a project piloted by the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne / European Early Music Network, which is the only Representative for Early Music in Europe. It was created in Ambronay in France in 2000. The network now boasts a membership of around seventy-five Early Music organisations from twenty-one countries.
The network’s strength comes from the number, diversity and quality of its member organisations. REMA organises regular conferences, and runs a web-based radio station, dedicated to early music in general, and more specifically to its member organisations and to young ensembles. REMA’s aim is to facilitate a collaborative network for its members and to encourage the sharing of information, knowledge and cooperation among its members.
In Malta, the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble will be presenting a concert to celebrate this special day with a concert at The Carmelite Church in Mdina. This concert will be held on the 21st March at 8pm. VIBE will perform works by Purcell, Biber, Telemann, Charpentier and Mikel’Ang Vella.
The Valletta International Baroque Ensemble brings together leading and up-and-coming musicians who share an infectious enthusiasm for making music, and who seek to breathe life into early music.
Tickets can be purchased here. Subsidised tickets for students and senior citizens apply for this concert.