Discovering the tangled origins of classical music

BREMF 2017: 27th October – 12th November 2017

Our theme for 2017 will dig deep into our past and explore the varied routes along which music travelled, tracing the origins of many classical forms and instruments.
We will encounter traditional music from many parts of the world and see how it blended seamlessly with the more ‘cultivated’ music we think of as classical.

Tickets for 2017 go on sale to Festival Friends on Monday 21st August and to the general public on Monday 4th September.

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BREMF Co-Artistic Director Clare Norburn is standing down after the 2017 Festival to concentrate on new projects.

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BREMF Workshops now open for booking.

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BREMF Early Music Weekend.

Fri 11th-Sun 13th August 2017, St Paul's Church, Brighton Book here and more details

Details of our 2017 festival, ROOTS.

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Performance and participation is at the heart of BREMF. We run three choirs, all of them dedicated to singing an extraordinary range of music from the 12th to the 18th centuries:

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