The Early Music Platform Forum 2017 took place at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague on 23-24 March in collaboration with REMA and EUBO in the framework of the EU funded project EMBA – EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy.

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

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.

Curious about Curricula?
Early Music study programmes today and tomorrow

Since the implementation of the Bologna process, the education in Early Music has been impacted with new challenges. Performance and research, moving in a parallel direction, have guided scholars and artists to reflect on its authenticity. Now going into its 8th edition, the AEC Early Music Platform (EMP) has chosen a long awaited core theme “Curious about Curricula” for its second meeting at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. What do we expect from young artists and how can we make sure that they are trained to be informed for the demands of today? Which are the proficiencies required for a 21st century portfolio of career skills? Several Institutes in Europe have been following a long tradition of Early Music study programmes and others are continually developing and implementing new programmes. Through the EMP meetings the AEC offers an occasion for intensive exchanges among early music departments and institutes on these core issues.

The main highlight of the 2017 edition will be a panel discussion entitled “Comparing and Contrasting Early Music curricula” moderated by Geoffrey Burgess and featuring artists and educators such as Peter Van Heijghen, Margaret Faultless, Anne Delafosse and Mikayel Balyan representing diverse geographical areas and perspectives. Sessions dedicated to the presentation and discussion on the new AEC Learning Outcomes applied to early music studies will let participants get familiar with this useful tool with the possibility to contribute to its fine-tuning and practical application in early music studies. The meeting will also feature parallel sessions on several early music projects such as Vox Early Music, Immersions, Ganassi and

Once again, the AEC Early Music Platform is organized in the framework of the EU funded Project Eubo Mobile Baroque Academy EMBA and in collaboration with the European Early Music Network REMA. While such a gathering was organised for the first time in August 2013 in Utrecht, we are delighted that the cooperation between AEC, REMA and EUBO has been further developed, so that we have a renewed opportunity to meet, exchange, and discuss common challenges related to early music performance today. Such a conference is a unique opportunity for representatives from conservatoires and festivals/concert halls to meet, and herewith to join both ends from education of the new generation to the programming of concert seasons and festivals.

During the conference in The Hague, REMA will organize its showcase, open to all participants, giving the opportunity to young ensembles, from all over Europe, to perform in front of an audience of early music promoters and teachers. In addition to that, the young musicians of the European Union Baroque Orchestra will perform on Thursday 23rd March.

Many networking moments will give you the possibility to meet new colleagues from all over Europe and to discuss potential cooperation with conservatoire-representatives or festival/concert hall promoters.


Curious about Curricula
Early Music study programmes today and tomorrow

A collaboration between AEC, REMA and EUBO
in the framework of the EMBA Project
23-24 March 2017
Hosted by the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands
Address: Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, The Hague

Concert Halls

KvB: Kees van Baarenzaal
AS: Arnold Schönbergzaal


WEDNESDAY 22 MARCH – pre-conference optional activities

19:30 – 20:30 Gesturing Towards the Phrase: the Rhetoric of Musical Poetry, lecture by Geoffrey Burgess [Collegezaal}

20.00: REMA Showcase – part 1: PRISMA & Gesualdo Six – in De Zalen, Riouwstraat 1, 25 – NOT AT THE CONSERVATORIUM)


11:00 – 12:30: EMP working group meeting (Director’s office)

13.00 -14.00: AEC Participants Registration [Foyer, first floor]

Networking with refreshments

13.30-14.00: REMA Showcase – part 2: Tabea Debus & Tr!Jo [Studio 3]

14.00-14.30: Opening Event

Musical Introduction by Le Voci delle Grazie, students of the Royal Conservatory: [KvB]

Welcoming words by:

  • Henk van der Meulen, Director of the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague
  • Xavier Vandamme, REMA President
  • Paul James, EUBO Director General
  • Ingeborg Radok Žádná, AEC Council Member
  • Peter Nelson, EMP Chairman

14.30-16.15 Plenary Session I: Discussion from panel to the plenum [KvB]
“Comparing ideas about curricula for Early Music in Europe. Discussing content in the education of tomorrow’s historical performers.”

Geoffrey Burgess – moderator

Johannes Boer, Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague
Kelly Landerkin, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Anne Delafosse, CNSMD Lyon
Margaret Faultless, Royal Academy of Music, London
Mikayel Balyan, University of Music of the City of Vienna
Barbara Willi, Janáček Academy Brno
Terrell Stone, Conservatorio Arrigo Pedrollo, Vicenza
(Followed by floor discussion)

16.15-17.00: World Café on Curricula – discussion and coffee [KC Foyer]

Brainstorm with your colleagues on what it was said during the panel and collect your questions on paper or twitter

17.00-18.30: Plenary Session II: REMA Keynote Tandem: The (re)creation of an Early Music sound: the 20th-century revival in context [KvB]

by Jed Wentz and Anne Smith

19.00: Pre-concert snack

20.15:Concert European Union Baroque Orchestra EUBO
[Lutherse Kerk, Lutherse Burgwal 7-9, The Hague]


10.00-10.30: Plenary Session III: Learning Outcomes in Early Music [AS]

Presentation by Claire-Mera Nelson, Chair of the AEC Learning Outcomes working group

10:30-12:00 Breakout group discussion on Learning Outcomes with EUBO students
A – Collegezaal
B – M201
C – SON 14
D – Studio 1
E – M307
F – M507

12:00 -13:00: Distance Learning Demonstration with Singapore [AS]

13.00-15.00: Networking Lunch [Foyer]

14.00-15.00: REMA Showcase, part 3: Les Surprises & Quartetto di liuti di Milano

13.00-15.00: EMBA Partners Meeting (for EMBA partners only) [Studio 3]

15.00-16.00: Parallel sessions on Early Music Projects

1 – Vox Early Music roject by Isaac Alonso de Molina, Royal Conservatoire The Hague – Studio 3

2a – Ganassi Research Project by William Dongois, Haute Ecole de Musique de Génève – Studio 1
2b – Early Music Project by Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis – Studio 1

3 -“What’s out there? Presentations by REMA members – AS

4 – Immersions by Susan Williams, Geoffrey Burgess, Ricardo Rodrigez Miranda – KvB

16:00-16:30: Networking with Refreshments [Foyer]

16:30-17:00: Closing Session [KvB]

  • Reporting back from the discussions on Learning Outcomes
  • News from the AEC
  • Closing Remarks

17.45-18.45: Concert of the students of the Conservatoire [Oud-Katholieke Kerk]

Leçons de ténèbres, Jeudi Saint, Marc Antoine Charpentier
Vocal and instrumental ensemble of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Pascal Bertin

19.00 Dinner reception [‘t Goude Hooft]