21st March – Bach and springtime!
The European Day of Early Music is held every year on 21st March, a day celebrating the beginning of spring, and the birthday of Early Music’s period probably most relevant and known composers: Johann Sebastian Bach (born on 21st March 1685, according to the Julian Calendar).
A living memorial to the European historical musical heritage
The European Day of Early Music is a celebration of more than a millennium of music, through concerts, events, and happenings taking place simultaneously across Europe.
The European Day of Early Music is a focal point for the promotion of the historical musical heritage in Europe. Former editions took place under the support and patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics and Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, respectively current and former European Commissioner for Culture, UNESCO, as well as artists Jordi Savall, William Christie and René Jacobs.
A living music history of 1000 years
Early music is a central part of the cultural heritage shared by Europeans, closely connected with other artistic expressions such as dance, theatre, and architecture. It spans more than 1000 years of music, written down or transmitted by oral tradition, from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. While some of the composers of these eras are widely known, there is a large repertoire still to be re-discovered by today’s audiences. The European Day of Early Music aims to increase awareness of the music from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods and bring it to the attention of a wider audience.
A REMA project, open to whole Europe!
The European Day of Early Music is a REMA project, initiated through its past president Peter Pontvik and launched in 2013. REMA is the official promoter and coordinator of the celebration is the representative network for Early Music in Europe, composed by 77 members in 20 countries. The network and its members organise concerts, conferences, and other events under the European Day of Early Music heading, but the celebration is of course open to every organisation and partner interested to join!
An online event
The European Day of Early Music is an important online event as well, with concerts being live streamed, reaching audiences in the whole world.
Partnerships and media
A strong partnership with the media is essential to the impact and visibility of the European Day of Early Music. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been a partner to the event since its first edition in 2013. Partnerships between REMA members/other organisers involved in the project and local, regional and national media in each country complement the European aspect.