Before beginning to write about all the things going on for 2012, SEMF would like to warmly thank all listeners, volunteers, participants, sponsors and friends who followed and supported the festival's activities in 2011!
The 2011 festival was a musical adventure spanning from Icelandic sagas to Bach evergreens – in between there was time for renaissance polyphony, French troubadour songs, wilful viol harmonies, a mad maestro di capella, vocal and instrumental jokes, Spanish baroque dances, thousand-year-old Persian music, and a singing wishing-well. The Early Music LIVE concerts presented bird-watching adventures as well as legendary castrato repertoire. The first concert of the series’ fourth season was also part of the opening festival of the new concert hall Musikaliska at Nybrokajen 11 in Stockholm.
Another adventure was the very first SEMF Christmas Edition, which was held on 3 December at Musikaliska. This was also the premiere of SEMF’s Early Late Night Concert – late evening concerts where the audience could lean comfortably back in armchairs or on mattresses and enjoy early music by candlelight. A much-appreciated concept that will appear in the programme again!
With a wonderful, eventful anniversary year ended, we now look forward to a new year of early music experiences. Preparations for the spring season and for this year’s festival, which will take place 6-10 June, are in full swing. Keep an eye out for news here on our blog and on www.semf.se! You can also follow the festival’s work on Facebook and Twitter.
/the SEMF team