Early Music in the 21st Century | Oct 15-17, 2021

About the conference

It is time to rethink, reevaluate and reboot the early music movement. This conference is for all those committed to the future of the field and interested in exploring the way we research, perform, teach and reflect upon "early music". What have we done well? What do we need to do better?

By combining the insights and experiences of performers, academicians and pedagogues, "Early Music in the 21st Century" hopes to create confrontational and revolutionary results.

The four main topics include:

  • Methodologies and Technologies
  • Pedagogy
  • Different Perspectives
  • A New Historiography

The conference will take place online via Zoom. The links to join will be available on the days of the conference.

Please Note: This is an online conference.

Links to join are in the schedule below


All sessions take place using Zoom

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All times are local Amsterdam, NL times: CEST / UTC +2

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Friday, October 15

13.00 Welcome - Michiel Schuijer, Mimi Mitchell (Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Netherlands) Join session
  Introductory words - Sir Nicholas Kenyon (UK)  
13.30 New Methodologies and Technologies (Chair: Jed Wentz: University of Leiden, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht) Join session
  “Towards a new epistemology of Historically Informed Performance”  
       Emily Worthington (University of Huddersfield, UK)  
  “Networks of music, musical networks: the application of network science in Early Music studies”  
       Marnix van Berchum (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)  
  “HIP 2:0: Re-composing Early Music’s Formats”  
       Bruno Forment (Orpheus Instituut, Belgium)  
15.00 - 15.30 -- break --  
15.30 Programming and Patrons (Chair: Kathryn Cok, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag) Join session
  “Von denen Bier-Fiedlern - Restoring Popular Music”  
       Cyril Lacheze and Marion Weckerle (Paris)  
  “21st Century Royalty - New Forms of Patronage?”  
       David Kjar (Boston and Roosevelt Universities, US)  
16.30 - 16.45 -- break --  
16.45 Keynote (Chair: Mimi Mitchell, Conservatorium van Amsterdam) Join session
  “Early Music, Revival Theory and Views from Ethnomusicology“  
       Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester, UK)  
18.00 - 19.00 -- break --  
19.00 - 21.00 Virtual Technologies (Chair: Michiel Schuijer, Conservatorium van Amsterdam) Join session
  “The Utopa Baroque Organ” versus “Deep-Fake Authenticity: The Paradox of the Virtual Organ”  
       Hans Fidom (VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and Alon Schab (University of Haifa, Israel)  
  “Recreating Historical Venues”  
       Jonathan Abel (Stanford University, US) and Eoin Callery (University of Limerick, Ireland)  

Saturday, October 16

13.00 New Perspectives (Chair: Mimi Mitchell, Conservatorium van Amsterdam) Join session
  “Decolonizing Conservatoire Practices through Postcolonial Medievalism?”  
       Thomas Fournil (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, UK)  
  “Nineteenth-century musicality/musicalities”  
       George Kennaway (Universities of Leeds and Huddersfield, UK)  
  “Early Music in Latin America: an Alternative Scene”  
       Melodie Michel (independent researcher, France)  
  “Apologies from a Conductor”  
       Joseph Pettit (US)  
15.00 - 15.30 -- break --  
15.30 New Historiographies (Chair: John Koslovsky, Conservatorium van Amsterdam) Join session
  “From embodiment to reenactment – the performer’s body as a research tool in HIP”  
  “Conservatorium van Amsterdam: Past and Present”  
       Kailan Rubinoff (University of North Carolina, US)  
  “Reinventing the Recorder 1929-1950”  
       Robert Ehrlich (University of Music and Theatre Leipzig, Germany)  
16.30 - 17.00 -- break --  
17.00 - 18.00 Embodiment (Chair: Peter van Heyghen, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Koninklijke Conservatoria in Brussel and Den Haag) Join session
  “From embodiment to reenactment – the performer’s body as a research tool in HIP”  
       Kai Köpp (Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland)  
  “‘You can’t get there from here’: Renewing Performance through Historical Acting Techniques”  
       Jed Wentz (University of Leiden, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Netherlands

Sunday, October 17 - Concert

Sunday, October 17

13.00 Concert by students of the CvA: Historical Instruments in New Perspectives  
  Roderik de Man (1941): What’s in a Name (1985)  
       Sae Goto (harpsichord)  
  Sungji Hong (1973): Sparks (2013)  
       Emily Bannister (sopranino recorder) and Katerina Orfanoudaki (harpsichord)  
  Nuno Lobo (1995): Three Deadly Causes -Stroke, Pneumonia and Heart Attack (2018)  
       Duarte Silva (harpsichord)  
  Hibiki Mukai (1993): Mechanische Huid (2020)  
       Hidehiro Nakamura (recorder & electronics)  
13.30 Collaborations and Confrontations (Chair: Rebekah Ahrendt, Utrecht University) Join session
  “Incorporating a historically-inspired modernistic approach to Brahms into the curriculum of the Conservatory of Amsterdam”  
       Johannes Leertouwer (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)  
  “‘And in this Corner’: Modern versus Historical Instruments”  
       Mimi Mitchell (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)  
14.30 - 15.00 -- break --  
15.00 New Methodologies (Chair: Mimi Mitchell, Conservatorium van Amsterdam) Join session
  “Action Research: Embodiment and Community”  
       Helen Roberts (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK)  
  “The Ghost in the Machine: 18th Century Mechanical Musical Instruments”  
       Emily Baines (Brunel University, London; Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Shakespeare’s Globe Higher Education Department)  
16.00 - 16.15 -- break --  
16.15 - 17.00 Pedagogical Futures: university, conservatory or own institute? (Moderator: Michiel Schuijer, Conservatorium van Amsterdam) Join session
       Dana Marsh (Director, Historical Performance Institute, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, US)  
       Christopher Suckling (Head of Historical Performance, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, UK)  
       Kelly Landerkin (Management Board, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland)  
17.00 Closing Words - Mimi Mitchell Join session