Photo by Foppe Schut

Centuries of occupation by the Greeks, Romans, the French House of Anjou and the Spanish community of Aragon, meant that Naples evolved into a city of survivors and world citizens. The musical landscape was also very diverse, thanks to the presence of the royal court, church music, brotherhoods and charities, financial support from wealthy citizens and the popularity of song and dance in public life. More than enough inspiration for a packed programme at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, which promises an abundance of beautiful Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque music, often played by budding young musicians from the Netherlands and abroad.

> 23 August until 1 September, various locations