Early Music Live! 2018/19 - Applications

Applications are now invited for Brighton Early Music Festival’s young artist scheme Early Music Live! We are seeking up and coming early music ensembles and singers to perform at the Festival (November 2018) and benefit from a year of training, mentoring, advice and opportunities to be heard by promoters.

Early Music Live! 2017

About Early Music Live!

Early Music Live! is much more than a performance opportunity. Participants are supported throughout the year with advice, mentoring and training opportunities, as well as the chance to become involved in other festival projects. We invite promoters to hear the performances in Brighton as well as filming performances for digital upload.

The 2018/19 scheme runs from May 2018 to March 2019 with performance opportunities in the 2018 Brighton Early Music Festival (3rd November 2018 for ensembles; 6th - 8th & 11th November for singers). We are holding auditions in London on Wednesday 4th (for singers) and Thursday 5th April 2018 (for ensembles and continuo players).

To apply, please send the following to by 5pm on Friday 23rd March 2018..

for ensembles

  • A biography of your ensemble
  • contact details of the person who will be your main contact.
  • Brief summary of your aims and aspirations for the year of the scheme.
  • A photo of the group (if you have one).
  • A link to a performance video.
  • Availability for audition on 5th April - or date of upcoming performance if not free.

for singers (Click here for details of 2018 opera and oratorio projects)

  • Your biography.
  • A link to performance video.
  • Details of which project you would like to audition for (ie oratorio or opera - it can be for both projects).
  • Availability for audition on 4th April

for continuo players
In addition to selecting ensembles for the scheme, we are experimenting this year with assembling a group of continuo players who could work with solo and duet voices to form a new ensemble. This is open to players of keyboards, chitarrone, bass viol/lirone and harp. Repertoire will focus on the Italian 17th century. Applications should include

  • A biography
  • Details of continuo experience
  • We will send a set piece for players to prepare for audition
  • Availability for audition on 5th April

Guidelines for applicants

  • Early Music Live! is open to early music ensembles, and to singers who would like to be part of our opera and oratorio projects.
  • The size of ensemble is limited to generally 2 - 6 musicians with an early music specialism (from medieval to classical), including vocal and mixed ensembles.
  • We don’t specify an age range but the scheme is for young musicians at the early stages of a professional career. Generally we would expect most participants to be either final year or postgraduate students, or to have graduated within the last three years.
  • There are many opportunities to get involved throughout the year, so for this reason Early Music Live! is most suitable for participants who are based primarily in the UK.

Orfeo 2017