Photo by Foppe Schut

The Utrecht Early Music Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, focuses on music from the mediaeval, renaissance and baroque periods. This year, the festival revolves around Burgundy. The era of Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, Philip the Good and Charles the Bold survives in the expression ‘the Burgundian lifestyle’, which conjures up images of wealth and power, abundance and luxury, refined court ladies and ambitious knights. This is reflected in the programme of the festival. There’s also a curator in residence this year: Björn Schmelzer and his early music ensemble Graindelavoix will have the Janskerk at their disposal for five days as a space for working and experimenting.

The Utrecht Early Music Festival will also be hosting the International Van Wassenaer Competition, in which ten young early music ensembles compete in two rounds of a musical showdown. During the semi-final on 30 August and the final on 1 September, you can listen to the concerts for free: you can enter or leave the hall in between the candidates’ performances. The Fringe, a returning component of the festival, will be offering free concerts as well. Most of these concerts, mainly by young graduates or young professional musicians, will take place on historic locations throughout the city centre.

> from 24 August to 2 September, various locations
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