The annual conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music (Med-Ren) took place this year at the Université Libre de Bruxelles courtesy of David Burn and Marie-Alexis Colin who organized the whole thing very well indeed. Every year it seems to get bigger and better: there were basically six simultaneous sessions throughout, as well as the usual keynotes, lightning papers, posters, and concerts. Both Ascension and I gave papers on different aspects of the Project that we have been working on lately: Ascension on the impact on cities throughout the Iberian Peninsula (including Barcelona) of the celebrations and processions held for the Beatification of Santa Teresa in 1614, and I on the daily musical life of the Jeronymite monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra just outside Barcelona where Francisco Guerrero stayed for a few months in the summer of 1581. We also presented a poster about the Project during the poster session and had lots of useful discussion and feedback. Daniel González, who has been helping us with the database, also came along to help out: his first ever musicological conference! And a good introduction too: the Med-Ren is a great event for getting to know new people and meeting up with old friends as well as, of course, finding out what is going on in the field.
Watch this space for information over the summer about our International Workshop in September.