Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF)

Welcome to XVII Stockholm Early Music Festival (SEMF) 5-10 June 2018!

Dear friends!

Is it really never too late for early music? No, because it can strike young and old anytime in life, exciting and enrapturing the soul and body. Exquisite sounds from the past millenium return to life in your ears. Welcome to the 17th edition of SEMF, a feast of experiences where music, people, passion and history become one, embedded in the mild early summer light of the Old Town in Stockholm.

In 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage is celebrated. SEMF offers a magnificent opening with the Prague Baroque Soloists and a tribute to J.D. Zelenka, baroque master of the Czech Republic. More to set a baroque enthusiast's heart throbbing: Sigiswald Kuijken and Belgian La Petite Bande. The beautiful Cantigas de Santa María, performed with Spanish fervour by Xavier Díaz-Latorre & ensemble, are medieval candy for the ears, as is the unconventional ensemble Mala Punica from Switzerland. Excellent singer duo Anders Dahlin - Berit Solsetshines with oratorio arias by Handel, and the British Ensemble Plus Ultra seduces the audience with delicate Renaissance madrigals.

Bulgarian mysteries, Goldberg variations on a mattress, the comeback of Jaap ter Linden - everything old is always new at SEMF! See you there!

Peter Pontvik

Artistic Director Stockholm Early Music

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