The aim of the AEC Early Music Platform (EMP) is to bring together heads of departments, teachers and students in the field of early music to discuss relevant issues and to promote European cooperation in this field.

AEC Early Music Platform – a new departure

At the AEC Early Music Platform meeting in Bremen in April 2012, an important decision was taken to re-organize EMP meetings into an alternating pattern of Forums and Conferences. The AEC EMP Forum will be held in odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, etc.) and the AEC EMP Conference will be held in even-numbered years (2014, 2016, etc.).

EMP Conferences will put emphasis on the presentation of a selected theme viewed through a number of different aspects.

The EMP Forum will have two key features

  • a stronger emphasis on discussion among the delegates
  • a close integration with the profession by combining each Forum with a major early music festival

This new departure will have several benefits:
• It will allow themes presented at one Conference, and the discussions initiated during break-out groups at that conference, to be taken forward and developed in parallel discussion seminars on agreed topics to be held at the following year’s Forum
• It will provide a mechanism for generating suggestions from delegates attending the Forum for the fine-tuning of the following year’s provisional conference programme
• it will allow more time to assure the participation of prominent guest presenters at the Conference
• It will strengthen further the ties between conservatoires and festival organisations, between the teaching and performing identities and between students and individuals and organisations active in the market
• There will be a plenary, round-table discussion forming the centrepiece of each Forum. At the Forum, performers featured at the festival, members of the AEC Early Music Platform, early music students and festival organisers will be gathered into a diverse panel to debate relevant themes in early music in European higher music education
The new pattern will be piloted across 2013-14.

Early Music Platform Preparatory Working Group:
• Peter Nelson (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen) – Chair
• Greta Haenen (Hochschule für Künste Bremen)
• Terrell Stone (Conservatorio di Musica “A. Pedrollo”, Vicenza)
• Elina Mustonen (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki)
• Thomas Drescher / Jeremy Llewellyn (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel)
• Francis Biggi (Haute École de Musique de Genève)
• Johannes Boer (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag)

The AEC preparatory working groups members work on the preparation of AEC events on voluntary basis. The AEC Preparatory Working Groups are all formed by coopting active individuals in the relevant field of specialization within AEC member institutions. Proactivity, as well as geographical and gender balances are the applied criteria to guarantee the diverse and dynamic character of the groups, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions. Working group members are financially supported by their home institutions, which cover their travel and accommodation expenses to the working group meetings and to the actual event.

AEC EMP Forum 2013 Utrecht

In 2013 model for an EMP Forum will be pioneered in the Netherlands through collaboration between the AEC, the Utrechts Conservatorium and the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht. The event is planned to coincide with the opening of the Festival and to run across Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August 2013 (with an optional extension to Sunday morning, September 1st).

This new venture presents a different format from previous Early Music Platform meetings. The emphasis is upon dialogue: within the Forum itself, between all the delegates and, in the wider frame of early music, between those who lead early music in higher education and the musicians, concert promoters and festival organisers who work in this branch of the music profession. AEC is delighted to announce that the Early Music Platform Forum 2013 is to be held alongside the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht 2013 and has been organised in close cooperation with the Utrechts Conservatorium, the Oude Muziek Festival and the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (REMA).
Based on feedback from the 2012 Early Music Forum in Bremen, four topics have been selected for discussion at the Forum:
A. Curriculum: Learning and Teaching; Repertoire and Research
B. Historically Informed Performance in the ‘YouTube’ age
C. Infrastructure and Environment: special requirements of early music, inside the academy and out in the city
D. Collaboration and international relations: joint projects and joint degrees in early music
Two discussion sessions are planned in the programme; delegates are encouraged to switch between topics so that they can particpate in two of them across the whole Forum. A highlight of the Forum will be a roundtable discussion between performers, students, REMA representatives and representatives of AEC EMP working group and the Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht. Delegates will also have the opportunity of attending a number of outstanding musical events of the festival built in to their registration package. Because space at some of these is limited, you are advised to register early because we may have to close registration if we are over-subscribed.

The meeting will feature also a Master Class for two students ensemble by Skip Sempé (please see the flyer with indications on how and when to apply in Documents and Settings tab)

In 2014, there will be an EMP Conference in Vicenza, Italy. Thereafter, EMP meetings in the Forum and Conference format will alternate from one year to the next.

Programme Early Music Platform Forum

‘Dialogue sur les Grands Jeux’:
discussing the future of early music education and the profession

30th August – 1st September 2013
HKU Utrechts Conservatorium
K&W Building, Mariaplaats 28, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The EMP Forum is combined with the Oude Muziek Festival 2013 in Utrecht. Please check the website of the festival to see what’s going on in Utrecht before, during and after the EMP Forum

Friday 30 August

13:30 – Registration at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

Coffee available

13:30 – 15:00 Free time to visit the Early Music Market at Nicolaikerk

15:00 – 16:00 Opening Event (J.M. Fentener van Vlissingenzaal, HKU Utrechts Conservatorium)

Music Introduction by students

Welcome words by
– Jules van de Vijver, Chairman HKU Board
– Peter Nelson, EMP working group chairman
– Xavier Vandamme, Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht
– Jeremy Cox, AEC Chief Executive
– Bruno Carioti, AEC Council Member
– Gerdien Tanja, Early Music Department HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

Music performance by students of the Early Music Department of HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

16:00 – 17:30 Parallel Sessions 1

Parallel Discussion Groups on the following themes:
A. Curriculum: Learning and Teaching; Repertoire and Research
B. HIP in the ‘YouTube’ age
C. Infrastructure and Environment: special requirements of early music, inside the academy and out in the city
D. Collaboration and international relations: joint projects and joint degrees in early music

17:30 Bus to Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn

18:00 Joint Reception with REMA (Foyer Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn)

20:00 Concert Oude Muziek Festival (Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn)

Jordi Savall
Hesperion XXI
Guerre et Paix

Saturday 31 August

09:30-10:00 Networking with Refreshments in the Foyer of the HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

10:00 – 12:30 Plenary Session 1 – Round Table (J.M. Fentener van Vlissingenzaal, HKU Utrechts Conservatorium)

Musical Performance by students of the Early Music Department Utrechts Conservatorium

Joint Plenary Session with Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne REMA
‘Towards a vital and strong continuity of the early music movement’

Round Table featuring:

  • Paul James, EUBO Director General
  • Lionel Meunier, Vox Luminis
  • Greta Haenen, EMP working group member
  • Peter Pontvik, REMA President
  • Xavier Vandamme, Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht
  • Daniela Tomaz, former student HKU Utrecths Conservatorium
  • Joao Carlos Santos, student of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague

Discussion moderated by Jeremy Cox, AEC Chief Executive

With coffee break in the middle

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Foyer HKU Utrechts Conservatorium

13:30 – 14:30 Parallel Sessions 2

Parallel Discussion Groups on the following themes:
A. Curriculum: Learning and Teaching; Repertoire and Research
B. HIP in the ‘YouTube’ age
C. Infrastructure and Environment: special requirements of early music, inside the academy and out in the city
D. Collaboration and international relations: joint projects and joint degrees


Fringe Concerts

14:30 – 15:15 Plenary Session 2 – EMP 2014 in Vicenza (J.M. Fentener van Vlissingenzaal, HKU Utrechts Conservatorium)

Presentation and discussion of the provisional programme of the EMP Meeting 2014 in Vicenza and preliminary agreement on key feedback for the report on 2013 forum

15:30 – 16:15 Presentation of the ensembles that took part in the Masterclass of Skip Sempé (Lutheran Church, Hamburgstraat)

please find the flyer with information regarding the Masterclass (how and when to apply) in the Documents and Images tab)

16:30 – 17:15 Closing Session (J.M. Fentener van Vlissingenzaal, HKU Utrechts Conservatorium)

– Reporting back from the discussion
– News from the AEC
– Announcement of the next meeting of the AEC Early Music Platform Meeting 2014
– Filling in of the Participant Questionnaire
– Closing Remarks

17:30 – 18:00 Open General Rehearsal EUBO at Domkerk
European Union Baroque Orchestra, Choir of Clare College / Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Händel: Utrecht Te Deum, Utrecht Jubilate, Birthday Ode for Queen Anne

18:00 – 19:30 Joint Dinner with REMA at Paushuis

20:00 Concert Oude Muziek Festival 2013 at Jacobikerk

Vox Luminis / Lionel Meunier
Orlando di Lasso en Roland de Lassus

22:00 DJ op de Dom – Baroque Beats at Dom Square

Sunday 1 September 10:00 – optional day

Participants have the opportunity to attend the concerts of the last Festival day (not included in the participation fee) and a guided tour of city centre (1hr) and of the Dom Tower (1hr) with a special focus on the carrilon (free – max 20 participants, in order of subscription)

Information on fee payment
AEC EMP Forum 2013

What is inlcuded

  • Participation to all the sessions
  • Conference materials (badge, documents, etc.)
  • Visit to the Early Music Market in Nicolaikerk
  • Attendance to the two concerts inlcuded in the Programme (Jordi Savall, Vox Luminix), general rehearsal of the EUBO, final recital of the Masterclass by Skip Sempé, performance DJ op de Dom, fringe concerts
  • Transportation to and from Vredenburg Leidse Rijn for Jordi’s Savall Concert
  • Coffe Breaks, Reception on 30th August, Lunch and Dinner on 31st August

What is not included

  • All the other Oude Muziek Festival concerts not specifically mentioned on the EMP Forum programme
  • Optional visit of the Dom Tower’s carillon on Sunday (about 10 euro pp, more details tba)

Amount of the registration fee

The date of payment is considered to be the date when the payment was authorised by the participant or his/her institution, as confirmed on the order of payment.
The actual conference fee depends on your date of registration (online) and payment:

Category Payment and Registration
by August 9
Payment and Registration
after August 9
Representative of an AEC member institution (teaching staff) 120 euro 150 euro
Representative of a non-AEC member institution 420 euro 450 euro
Student from an AEC member institution 80 euro 110 euro
Student from a non-AEC member institution 120 euro 150 euro

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after August 9

Bank details for payments

BNP Paribas Fortis
Kantoor Sint-Amandsberg, Antwerpsesteenweg 242
9040 Sint-Amandsberg, Belgium
Account Holder AEC-Music
IBAN: BE47 0016 8894 2980
VAT number/ N° TVA/ USt-IdNr. BE 503 980 425

When making the transfer, please clearly quote:
 the code of the event (EMP 2013)
 the last name of the participant
 the name of your institution (if fitting)
Example:,EMP2013, Smith, Gotham Conservatory

Map of Locations

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Hotel Information

Hotel Information The AEC Office managed to pre-book a certain amount of room at special price in the following hotels:

Hotel Mitland
Booking Deadline: 19 July
Ariënslaan 1, 3573 PT Utrecht, Netherlands
+31 30 271 5824

Special AEC Rate: € 105.00 per room per night including breakfast based on single use.
An additional guest on the room is € 20.00. City- tax is excluded from the room rate, the tax is 5%.

This hotel is 30 minutes walking distance to Utrecht Conservatory. You can also take bus 50, 53, 77, 11 (20 minutes)

Special Group Code: AECE290813

In the section Documents and Images you can find:
– A document explaining how to reserve a room online at Mitland Hotel
– a map showing the walking route to Utrecht Conservatory (Mariaplaats)

Hotel Biltsche Hoek
Booking Deadline: 1 August
De Holle Bilt 1, 3732 HM De Bilt, Netherlands
+31 30 220 5811

Economy single € 105,00/double € 120,00 per night, including breakfast
Comfort single € 115.00/double € 130,00 per night, including breakfast

Please note that this hotel is not located in the city of Utrecht. Here below some travel indications to get to Utrecht City Centre.

Public Transport
There is a direct bus connection from Utrecht Central Station / Utrecht City Center to / from the hotel. Busses 50,52,53 and 74 will bring guests to the hotel within 15 minutes. Bus stop to Utrecht is in front of the hotel, from Utrecht within 5 minutes walking distance.

From the hotel
• to Utrecht City Center – regular tax: EUR 17,50 – EUR 25,00 (depending on location)
• to Utrecht City Center – taxi bus (maximum 8 persons): EUR 30,00 – EUR 35,00 (depending on location)

In the section Documents and Images you can find:
– the Reservation Form to be sent to the Hotel Biltsche Hoek to reserve a room
– a description of the rooms

For further information please mail