Today (21 March) enthusiasts and musicians are celebrating early music throughout Europe as part of the European Day of Early Music. This is the second edition of the European Day of Early Music, which is co-ordinated by early music network REMA in collaboration with European Broadcasting Union and UNESCO.

President of REMA Peter Pontvik says: ‘We are delighted with the increased interest in early music in Europe, and with the UNESCO patronage which also connects the European Day of Early Music with the rest of the world’.

Today will see concerts, conferences and many other early music events take place in countries all over Europe to help promote the genre and increase awareness of Europe’s historical musical heritage.

The events are being streamed online at, where users can choose from concerts taking place in Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Slovenia and many others; including the UK’s offering to the day’s celebration at the National Centre of Early Music in York, where a programme of Handel, Purcell, Castello and Bach will celebrate the other notable event taking place on 21 March – the 329th anniversary of J. S. Bach’s birth.

For the full programme of today’s events, visit


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