Royal Society for Music History of The Netherlands

Conference: Early Music in the 21st Century - 15-17 October 2021 Online (Free Attendance)

It is time to rethink, reevaluate and reboot the early music movement. This conference is for all those committed to the future of the field and interested in exploring the way we research, perform, teach and reflect upon "early music". What have we done well? What do we need to do better?

By combining the insights and experiences of performers, academicians and pedagogues, "Early Music in the 21st Century" hopes to create confrontational and revolutionary results.


The four main topics include:

  • Methodologies and Technologies
  • Pedagogy
  • Different Perspectives
  • A New Historiography


The conference will take place online via Zoom. The links to join will be available on the days of the conference. The programme is now available here.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Caroline Bithell

Professor Caroline Bithell (University of Manchester, U.K.) is best known in the ethnomusicology world and beyond for her work on music revivals, publications on Corsican music, and her research into the natural voice and community choirs. Her book Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage (Scarecrow Press, 2007) was awarded 5 stars by Songlines magazine, as well as being positively reviewed in the academic press. Her latest books, both published by Oxford University Press in 2014, are A Different Voice, A Different Song: Reclaiming Community through the Natural Voice and World Song and The Oxford Handbook of Music Revival. The latter is a collection of 30 essays co-edited with Juniper Hill. Her current research focuses on the renaissance of vocal polyphony in post-Soviet Georgia (Caucasus). Caroline has served terms as Chair of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum. She is also active in the community music world as a voice practitioner and workshop leader.