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 synthesizers 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. We also have several winter events from December 2019 to February 2020.
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Rameau's Pygmalion with Ensemble Molière, BREMF 2017

BREMF ensembles

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:

and a NEW orchestra for competent amateur players to further the understanding and performance of baroque music using instruments suitable for the repertoire.

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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

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BREMF is passionately committed to education, and our schools programme reaches over 1,200 children per year. It is also connected with our Early Music Live! scheme for training emerging young professionals.