DATE: 21-06-2017

AEC Early Music Platform 2017 (EMP) at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands – a brief report

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).The Forum addressed a core theme, “Curious about Curricula” with questions such as ‘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?’ or ‘which are the proficiencies required for a 21st century portfolio of career skills?’.

The main highlight of the 2017 edition was  a panel discussion entitled “Comparing and Contrasting Early Music curricula” featuring artists and educators representing diverse geographical areas and perspectives. The sessions dedicated to the presentation and discussion on the new AEC Learning Outcomes developed by the FULL SCORE Learning Outcomes Working Group allowed participants to get familiar with this useful tool with the possibility to contribute to its fine-tuning and practical application in early music studies. The meeting also featured parallel sessions on several early music projects such as Vox Early Music, Immersions, Ganassi and ‘Early Music Sources’, as well as a plenary session on distance learning and performance with a demonstration involving students in The Hague and Singapore.

During the event, REMA organized a showcase open to all participants from all partner organizations, 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 performed on Thursday 23rd March.

The meeting received remarkable positive feedback from its participants, who highlighted the networking opportunities provided by the event allowing them to meet new colleagues from all over Europe and discuss potential cooperation with different conservatoire-representatives or festival/concert hall promoters.

More information on the event and in particular the Reader including abstracts and biographies of the speakers as well as the grids of several early music curricula in Europe can be found on the EMP section of AEC website.