Today is the official start of the Festival, but of course anyone heavily involved has been working hard for weeks or months to get ready.
My own preparations involved getting the “Boston Recorder Society”:http://www.bostonrecordersociety.org” summer meeting flyer printed and into the hands of someone who can put it out on the exhibit floor before I’ll get there on Wednesday.
I’ve also been typesetting the handout for John Tyson’s “Renaissance Performance Practice Workshop”:http://www.bemf.org/pages/06fest/fringe.htm#FrTues, which led to “additions”http://laymusic.org/wordpress/?p=335 to the music on this site.
“Exhibitors”:http://www.bemf.org/pages/06fest/ex.htm have been sending out their literature; I got “Tom Prescott’s”:http://www.prescottworkshop.com/ brochure in the mail a couple of weeks ago.
I caught the tail end of the WHRB preview program, which included a very nice recording of the “Harmonious Blacksmith”:http://www.bostonrecordersociety.org/calendar/cal_popup.php?op=view&id=522 group, which is doing a “fringe concert”:http://www.bemf.org/pages/06fest/fringe.htm on Thursday at 11 AM.
“Judith Conrad”:http://home.mindspring.com/~judithconrad/ (disclaimer: She’s my sister, so my opinion that she gives the best clavichord concerts I’ve ever heard is biased, but not necessarily wrong) sends the program for her “two programs”:http://www.serpentpublications.org/laymusic/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/judy-bemf07.txt. She’s also making t-shirts; I’ve seen the design and I’m really looking forward to having one.