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Aug 29, 2017

EFFE Laureate - Utrecht Early Music Festival

It is one of the odder of life's coincidences that I should find myself writing this on the exact anniversary (the 22nd) of the day I started my all too brief time as Director of Utrecht Oude Muziek, probably the most comprehensive single city programme of music from mediaeval to classical times in the world. Even in the '90s the scope and sheer number of concerts, if a little stuffy and academic at times, were a wonderful exposition of the rediscovery of repertoire that had disappeared from mainstream concert halls. Now though I have a certain vicarious pride in seeing how its modernisation has brought to fruition many of the hopes I had for its artistic and audience progression.

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