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REMA celebrates its 10th anniversary

 The European Early Music Network REMA (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne) celebrates its 10th anniversary as part of the 2010 York Early Music Festival (Friday 9 July, 2.30pm) with a special conference entitled 'Early Music: The End of a Movement'.

Chaired by Professor John Bryan of Huddersfield University, with an international  line-up of guest speakers - Graham Dixon (Managing Editor, BBC Radio 3); Robert Hollingworth (Singer and Director of I Fagiolini); Chiara Banchini (Educationalist and Director of Ensemble 415); Frans de Ruiter (President, European House of Culture) and Philippe Beaussant  (Musicologist and Founder of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), the conference sets out to question the existence of an 'early music movement' as such by exploring the possibility that if historically informed performance practice is so well accepted is there any need for a 'movement' at all?

Delma Tomlin, Director of the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) commented: "With over 60 member festivals from across 21 European states and a membership growing year on year, REMA is thriving. This conference poses a fascinating question - guaranteed to stimulate lively debate amongst members and audience alike. We are delighted to open this year's festival (which runs from Fri 9 - Sat 17 July) with this thought provoking event and look forward to welcoming our speakers and audience to York."

REMA was created in Ambronay, France, in 2000 and now boasts a membership of around sixty Early Music organisations in 21 countries. This highly active network is undergoing significant expansion, gaining on average 10 to 12 new members each year. REMA's activities include organising a bi-annual European showcase for young talent in Early Music; regular networking meetings and events across Europe and an annual study on Early Music audiences in Europe.

Admission to the event is free to members of the public attending the Festival who are advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Contact the NCEM Box Office on 01904 658338 or book online at: www.ncem.co.uk.

The National Centre for Early Music is administered by the York Early Music Foundation and funded by Arts Council England, Yorkshire.

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 Notes to editors:

1. REMA, the European Early Music Network, was created in Ambronay, in France, in 2000. REMA now boasts a membership of around sixty Early Music organisations in 21 countries. The network has a dual objective: to promote Early Music and to help raise its profile in Europe. REMA enjoys a wide, diverse and high-quality membership, which meets three to four times a year, providing an opportunity for its members to exchange expertise and ideas and discuss their projects.
 
 
2. The York Early Music Festival was established in 1977. The Festival has grown to be the largest celebration of early music events in the UK. The Festival is administered by the National Centre for Early Music which is based at St Margaret's Church, York.  The NCEM was opened in 2000 thanks to a grant of £1.5million from the Arts Council Lottery Fund.