Thank you to one and all who came to Utrecht and contributed to a collegial and eventful four days. Photos from the conference can be found HERE. See you next year at Royal Holloway, London for Med-Ren 2010 (5-8 July)!


The 2009 edition of the annual Medieval-Renaissance Music Conference brings the meeting to the Low Countries for the first time in its history. Over 100 presentations by speakers from around the world have been scheduled, promising a lively occasion for scholars and students alike over the course of three and a half days. We look forward to welcoming you to Utrecht!

Concerts and Recitals

In cooperation with the concert series Kerken Luisteren, we are excited to present two evening concerts featuring internationally renowned early music specialists Ensemble Clément Janequin (Paris) and Camerata Trajectina (Utrecht), both free for conference registrants, €15 for the general public:

Ensemble Clément Janequin
dir. Dominique Visse
"Les cris de Paris": La chanson parisienne
followed by a reception and Gijs Hendriks Nonet (jazz ensemble)
1 July, 20:00 (Jacobikerk)

Camerata Trajectina
dir. Louis Grijp
The Maastricht Song Book
3 July, 20:00 (Geertekerk)

A number of shorter lunchtime recitals by local ensembles will showcase a variety of styles and repertories. The recitals are free and open to the general public, and will take place in the Pieterskerk:

1 July, 13:00 Marian motets: Ockeghem, Josquin, and others (Ariosto Ensemble, dir. Ludy Vrijdag)
2 July, 13:00 A Gallo-Gregorian/Ambrosian Christmas mass (Cantus Modalis, dir. Rebecca Stewart)
3 July, 13:00 Barbireau, Missa Faulx perverse (Ensemble Josquin Desprez, dir. André Cats)

For further information and advance reservations, please contact Reinier de Valk.

Conference venues

Paper sessions: Drift 21
3512 BR Utrecht
Registration and book exhibition: Drift 21, room 0.03
Reception (1 July): Academiegebouw, Aula
(Domplein 29, next to the Domkerk and tower)
Conference dinner/reception (2 July): Museum van Speelklok tot Pierement
(Museum of automatic/mechanical musical instruments)
Concert, 1 July (Ensemble Clément Janequin): Jacobikerk
(St Jacobsstraat 171)
Concert, 3 July (Camerata Trajectina): Geertekerk
(Geertekerkhof 23)
Lunchtime recitals: Pieterskerk
(Pieterskerkhof 5)

Main conference venues are in the center of Utrecht within a 5-10-minute walk from each other and the Dom. The churches where the evening concerts will be held are a 15-25-minute walk from the main location.

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The city of Utrecht is easily reachable by train within 45 minutes from Holland's other major cities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague) as well as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, a major international hub with flights to and from 90 countries. Direct trains from Schiphol to Utrecht (station "Utrecht Centraal") run four times per hour (at :00, :14, :30, and :44 past the hour) with a journey time of 32 minutes. Full schedule information is available on the website of Dutch Railways, and an English-language travel planner including multiple forms of transportation can be found at 9292 OV.

The conference venue is a 15 minute walk from the central train station. Alternatively, buses 2 and 11 (direction De Uithof/UMC/WKZ) stop very close to Drift 21, at stop "Janskerkhof". Most locations within the city center and surroundings can be reached by bus and taxi from the central station within 15 minutes. Schedules and maps of bus services are available on the site of Utrecht's public transport service.

Accommodation and surroundings

Hotels, bed & breakfasts, and student hostels are available within Utrecht's city center as well as surrounding neighborhoods. Note that the summer high season brings many visitors to Utrecht, so it is advisable to book accommodation as soon as possible.

Malie Hotel - Hampshire Classic
Maliestraat 2
3581 SL Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2316424
Fax: +31 (0)30 2340661
Prices from: €120 (single) / €140 (double)
Conference discount (mention Utrecht University): €10
NH Utrecht De Luxe
Jaarbeursplein 24
3521 AR Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2977977
Fax: +31 (0)30 2977999
Prices from: €165 (room)
NH Centre Utrecht
Janskerkhof 10
3512 BL Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2313169
Fax: +31 (0)30 2310148
Prices from: €150 (room)
Grand Hotel Karel V
Geertebolwerk 1
3511 XA Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2337555
Fax: +31 (0)30 2337500
Prices from: €119 (single) / €139 (double)
Apollo Hotel (formerly Best Western)
Vredenburg 14
3511 BA Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2331232
Fax: +31 (0)30 2328451
Prices from: €100 (room)
Hotel Oorsprongpark
F.C. Dondersstraat 12
3572 JH Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2716303
Fax: +31 (0)30 2714619
Prices from: €95 (single) / €105 (double) including breakfast and tax
Bizetlaan 1
3533 KC Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2910366
Fax: +31 (0)30 2942066
Prices from: €59 (room)
Hostel Strowis
Boothstraat 8
3512 BW Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2380280
Prices from: €57.50 (room) / €15 (bed) including tax
B&B Utrecht City Center
Lucas Bolwerk 4
3512 EG Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)6 50434884
Fax: +31 (0)30 2448764
Prices from: €55 (room) / €17.50 (bed)
Hello (B&B)
Herenweg 32
3513 CE Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)6 22 692 124 Prices from: €70 (room)
Dales Gast-en-Verblijf (B&B)
Lange Nieuwstraat 22
3512 PH Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2315605 Prices from: €85 (room) including tax
Chez Cho (B&B)
Haverstraat 8
3511 NC Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2515915 Prices from: €55 (room) including tax
De Steenroos (B&B)
Visscherssteeg 9
3511 LW Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2322348 Prices from: €30 (single) / €50 (double) including tax
Bed & Breakfast Kilim-Centre-Inn
Herenweg 28 bis
3513 CE Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2334975
Prices from: €60 (room)
Chambres-en-Ville (B&B)
Zuilenstraat 1a
3512 NA Utrecht

Tel: +31 (0)30 2364373
Prices from: €80 (room)
Elsa's Home
Lessinglaan 100
3533 AZ Utrecht

Tel: + 31 (0)6 44070949
Prices from: €75 (double)

Program committee

Marnix van Berchum
Jacques Boogaart
Theodor Dumitrescu
Ulrike Hascher-Burger
Eric Jas
Karl Kügle
Rudolf Rasch

Keynote speakers

Kate van Orden (UC Berkeley)
Susan Rankin (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)

Local arrangements committee

Marnix van Berchum
Theodor Dumitrescu
Karl Kügle

Organizational assistance

Anna Dieleman (local arrangements liaison)
Reinier de Valk (administration, concert and recital organization)


Dr. Theodor Dumitrescu, organizer
Universiteit Utrecht
Kromme Nieuwegracht 20
3512 HH Utrecht
The Netherlands

tel: +31 (0)30 253 6274