Sometimes you hear people say ‘early music’ or ‘historical informed performance’ have become mainstream.
You can take your wish for reality, but the figures don’t lie …
Only seven orchestras or ensembles received a subvention. Collegium Vocale and Anima Eterna are obviously seen as the ‘crown jewels’ : they receive the biggest amount among the ‘historical informed performance’ ensembles.
And am I wrong to say that it is nearly impossible to receive a subvention in Flanders and Wallonie at the same time, as Les Muffatti were trying ? Is it impossible to be a Belgian ensemble ?
Not to mention all the small and young ensembles that feel completely discouraged to even try to apply for a structural subvention.
All together, the amount made available for ‘historical informed performance’ – ensembles is 2.913.500 EUR, while ‘De Filharmonie’ receives 7.894.000 EUR. The Opera Ballet Vlaanderen has a budget of 23.848.000 EUR.
The Opera brings for the season 2016-2017 ‘Die Zauberflöte’ by W.A. Mozart, and ‘Agrippina’ by Haendel, but there is no clue for a historical informed performance.
My conclusion is this : ‘early music’ is not mainstream at all !
Axel De Schrijver
On Tableau Public you may find more interesting ways to look at the figures.