Early Music Today is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. The magazine was first launched back in September 1993 with the Hillard Ensemble gracing the cover.
Over the past two decades, EMT has spoken to legendary early musicians including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Jordi Savall and even Sting during his John Dowland project.
EMT has also documented and supported the birth of new early music festivals, now well established, such as the Brighton Early Music Festival.
Claudine Nightingale, editor of EMT, says: ‘ Everyone at Early Music Today is thrilled that the magazine has reached this landmark anniversary. It’s an encouraging sign of the increasing popularity and acceptance of historical performance in society. I’m very grateful to previous editors Lucien Jenkins and Jonathan Wikeley for their fantastic work in developing the publication over the years, and of course the magazine owes so much to its contributors and readers, who make the magazine what it is. Thanks to everyone who has supported EMT over the last 20 years; here’s to the next 20!’
To celebrate, EMT has a special bumper issue featuring three reader competitions: the chance to win the Bach Collegium Japan complete Bach series CDs, tickets to Wigmore Hall and a lute, made especially for EMT. The special September–November issue also features extra material and an overview from leading performers about how early music has changed over the last 20 years.