A caterpillar and a butterfly are still fundamentally the same animal, and within music and the arts similar transformations have produced wonderful and unexpected creations through the ages. Taking Ovid’s classic stories from his Metamorphoses as its starting point, the 2019 festival will explore the theme of metamorphosis, with the best of established and emerging talent.
From Bach recoloured on synthesisers played by leading baroque specialists, and Hildegard ‘transfigured’ with light and projections, to music dramas and plenty of family/community events there really is something for everyone this year!
The festival will run from 25 October to 10 November 2019, culminating in a 21st-century take on the topsy turvy medieval Feast of Fools.
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2019 festival listing

We have now published the provisional listing for our 2019 festival. Have a look, and note dates in your diary


Applications are now invited for the 2019-2020 BREMF Live! scheme.
Full details and how to apply here.

Upcoming Events

European Day of Early Music

featuring BREMF's four ensembles:
BREMF Consort of Voices
BREMF Community Choir
The BREMF singers
The BREMF Players

Rebecca Leggett soprano
An evening of medieval, renaissance and baroque music celebrating centuries of shared musical culture across Europe. Includes music by Handel, Purcell, Charpentier, Byrd, Tallis, Taverner, Mouton and much more! The concert will be streamed right across Europe, but do join us for an unmissable experience!

St Martin's Church, Lewes Rd, Brighton, 8pm, Thursday 21st March 2019

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Want to "Sing Across Europe" with us on 28 March 2019?

Join our pop-up choir and learn songs from around Europe.

Rehearsal on Sat 23 March (2-5pm) and Thurs 28 March (4.30-7pm) culminating in community performance with primary schools at 6pm on 28 March.

All happening in St George's Church, Kemptown

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Pygmalion with Ensemble Molière, BREMF 2017

BREMF choirs

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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BREMF is a lot more than a festival. We offer year round concerts and workshops, and information on other early music events in the area. Join our mailing list and subscribe to our newsletter.

Get involved

BREMF would be NOTHING without its large team of volunteers and trainees of all ages. Gain experience in a range of skills, share your ideas, make new friends, meet festival artists and enjoy a wealth of music Come and join us

Support us

With our Festival Friends Scheme you can make a real difference for as little as £35 per year while also feeling more involved with the festival. As we receive no regular funding we really do need all the Friends we can get!


BREMF is passionately committed to education, and our schools programme reaches over 1200 children per year. It is also connected with our Early Music Live! scheme for training emerging young professionals.