Brighton Early Music Festival

Published On October 15, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

Friday 25th October – Sunday 10th November
Various Venues

Now in it’s 11th year Brighton Early Music Festival is the second largest annual early music festival in the UK, attracting local audiences as well as a great number of tourists. Last year the festival attracted an attendance of over 6000 and this year ticket sales have been soaring. The festival showcases local singers and provides a programme of top quality performances of live early and classical music performed on authentic instruments and with a historically informed approach to the music. Music and passion have always been intimate bedfellows so it was only going to be a matter of time before Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF for short), settled on a theme of “passion” for this years festival.

The festival hosts a variety of performers including international classical music artists such as the UK’s favourite soprano Dame Emma Kirkby with lutenist Jacob Heringman performing the lute songs of Dowland, dynamic ensemble Red Priest, medieval group Joglaresa performing steamy “Songs of sinne and subversion” and group L’Avventura with love songs from Portugal and Brazil in a romantic candlelit setting. There’s also a performance by the festival’s own BREMF Consort of Voices of the incredible 40 part motet Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, which raced to number one in the classical charts due to the piece’s role in EL James’s novel 50 Shades of Grey.

There are also 2 key events which will particularly appeal to those who might not usually consider a classical music concert:

Picture 5Early Music Club Night – Sat 26th Oct – St. Bartholomew’s Church – 8pm

25 musicians perform music on the theme of Cool Passion St Bartholomew’s Church, the tallest church in Europe, reputedly built to the measurements of Noah’s Ark. Deborah Roberts, Co-Artistic Director says “..we hope to create an ambient “chill out” space with atmospheric lighting design. There will only be seats around the sides of the church, so people can wander around, lie on the floor, stare at the amazing building or get close to the musicians.”

£10/£5 Conc (on the door)
£8/£5 Conc (in advance)

The Marian ConsortBreaking the RulesSun 3rd Nov – St. Bartholomew’s Church – 7.30pm

A newly-commissioned music-drama exploring the extraordinary life and music of 16/17th century composer Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), who is also famed for murdering his first wife and her lover. The performance will feature live music from the outstanding young vocal ensemble the Marian Consort, who, according to Norburn are “the most exciting younger generation vocal ensemble on the classical music circuit today.”

Premium £23/£21 Conc
A – £18.50/£16.50 Conc
B – £12/£10 Conc

Throughout the year, BREMF contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Brighton and Hove through its programme of workshops, choirs and schools projects taking performances into schools and reaching in excess of 1200 children.

Check out our calendar for all of the events on offer.

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