The first ever European Early Music Day, held on 21 March and organised by REMA (European Early Music Network/Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne), has been hailed a success.
Over 50 confirmed events (there may have been others not reported to REMA) took place across 16 European countries, with 19 of the events streamed live via an online arts site called U-sophia. Some of the recordings are still available for a limited period here. The first time that REMA has run an online streaming project of this magnitude, it was very well-received with over 11,000 visitors on the day.
This inaugural day of celebration took place under the patronage of Androulla Vassiliou, commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism, sport, media and youth in the European Commission. The day was also supported by Jordi Savall; video messages from them both and Peter Pontvik – REMA’s president – are available to view here.
The National Centre for Early Music in York joined in with the celebrations, live-streaming the Incantiamo Concert conducted by Robert Hollingworth, Jamie Wright and Simon Harper. As well as a supportive audience in York, they also had 354 online audience members, watching from 10 different countries, including Denmark, Mexico and Israel. This concert is still available online here.