* featuring BREMF Live! participants and alumni

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS

September date tbc

10.30am &

12 noon

OAE TOTS

Friendsí Meeting House tbc

Two concerts for our youngest music-lovers Ė suitable for 2-5 year olds and their parents and grandparents.

Sat 28 Sep

11am-6.30pm

Deborah Roberts

Polychoral Transformations

St Martinís Church

Choral & instrumental workshop

Large scale renaissance music orchestrated.

Open to experienced instrumentalists, plus choral and ensemble singers.

To include concert at 6pm

Sat 5 Oct

 

 

4-7pm

 

8-9.30pm

Ensemble Hesperi*

Kathleen Gilbert Highland dancer

 

Workshop

 

Ceilidh for all†††††††††††††

 

St Georgeís Church

Learn a selection of simple dances, with basic steps as well as the fascinating history of Highland dance. The workshop will be accompanied by live 18th-century music from members of the ensemble and participants will have the opportunity to take part in the final performance.

 

Ensemble Hesperi are staying on to play for a unique Ceilidh. A great social evening whether you want to dance, watch or just listen to the music.

Sat 12 Oct

10.30am &

12pm

 

2.30pm in Whitehawk

Three family events:

 

Really Classical

Jonathan Rees* director

 

Friendsí Meeting House

 

**2nd perf at Whitehawk

Library

 

 

The Musical Forest Ė a bugís ear view

For babies and young children (<6 yrs) and the young in spirit

http://www.reallyclassicalrelay.co.uk/musical-forest

 

Perseus, Andromeda and the Sea-monster**

A monstrous Greek myth in words and music, with audience participation

for children (c. 5-12 yrs) and the young in spirit

Music by Dittersdorf (Perseus & Andromeda - a programmatic symphony) with live improvisations and audience participation.

Devised and narrated by Jonathan Rees with thanks and apologies to Ovid.

http://www.reallyclassicalrelay.co.uk/perseus-andromeda-the-sea-monster

Sat 19 Oct

11am-6pm

Festival Introduction Day

Friendsí Meeting House

A day of talks, live music, discussion and a chance to find out more about BREMF, early music and our 2019 theme METAMORPHOSIS. Meet festival artists and hear previews of festival events.

 

MAIN FESTIVAL

Weekend 1

Fri 25 Oct

8pm

Darkness into Light

The making of music Ė new discoveries in the digital age

 

Musica Secreta

Deborah Roberts & Laurie Stras directors

Hannah Ely, Deborah Roberts, Yvonne Eddy sopranos; Sally Dunkley, Katharine Hawnt, Bethany Horak-Hallett mezzo-sopranos; Kim Porter, Caroline Trevor, Laurie Stras altos

Alison Kinder bass viol

Claire Williams organ

Presented by Laurie Stras

 

St Martinís Church

 

BREMF opens with a new way of exploring the making of music; a live Ďdocu-concertí that includes the first public performance in modern times of Antoine Brumelís complete set of Lamentations for Good Friday, recently identified by Laurie Stras in a Florentine manuscript. Programme also features other rare gems of renaissance convent music from a Florentine manuscript by the same copyist, clearly commissioned by nuns; and a chance to interact with copies of pieces from this convent choirbook.

 

Podcast from recent feature on BBC Radio 3ís Music Matters:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002h74

 

Sat 26 Oct 1pm

Metamorphoses

Stories from Ovid

 

Dramma per musica*

Rory Carver tenor

Jonatan Bougt theorbo

Harry Buckoke viola da gamba

 

St Paulís Church

Ovidís masterpiece, Metamorphoses brought to musical life. This programme explores the Europe-wide influence of the epic stories and characters from this 2000- year-old collection throughout the 17th century. It reveals that, despite the many ways in which each European culture has transformed, we share a heritage in human passion and emotion.

Includes music by Lully, Purcell, Gagliano, Caccini, Lawes and Monteverdi.

 

Sat 26 Oct

7.30pm

 

Metamorfosi Trecento

 

La Fonte Musica

Michele Pasotti director & lute

Other names tbc

(from Pavia, Italy)

 

St Georgeís Church

Italian ensemble La Fonte Musica present music from their latest Diapason Díor-winning recording of 14th-century Italian music. The same magazine also selected it among Ďthe top 100 albums all music lovers need to knowí. Accompanied by projections of weird and mysterious chimeras from medieval manuscripts.


 

Sun 27 Oct 7.30pm

Transformers

Great renaissance masterpieces miraculously reworked

 

BREMF Consort of Voices

Deborah Roberts director

 

St Martinís Church

Composers frequently reworked their own music into later compositions, but this programme looks at some substantial transformations and expansions of earlier works by later composers. Includes music by Josquin, Rore, Senfl and Gombert; with movements from Monteverdiís 1610 mass In illo tempore, based on Gombertís motet. As a striking contraction the programme includes a recent version of Tallisís 40-part motet, Spem in alium arranged for 11 voices by Mick Swithinbank.

Midweek theatre/Weekend 2

Thu 31 Oct 8pm

Burying the dead

London transformed through the eyes of Henry Purcell

 

Ceruleo*

Emily Owen & Jenni Harper sopranos

Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord

Kate Conway cello

Toby Carr theorbo

Niall Ashdown as Henry Purcell

Clare Norburn script

Thomas Guthrie director

 

St Georgeís Church

 

This imaginary piece of music theatre takes the audience on a journey through 17th-century London reimagined through the eyes of composer Henry Purcell. As he reviews his all too short life, he reflects on two major events that transformed the city of London: the Great Plague and the Great Fire. Not to mention his relationship with his wife as well as with actresses in the theatre.

 

Promotional trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WslUbkuVYqg

 

Fri 1 Nov

8pm

Her Fatherís Voice

A play with music exploring the early years of composer Barbara Strozzi (b.1619)

written and directed by Henry Bauckham

 

Fieri Consort*

Helen Charlston, Hannah Ely, Josh Cooter, Ben McKee singers

Harry Buckoke bass viol

Toby Carr theorbo

Aileen Henry harp

 

Wise Child Theatre

actors:

Susanna Austin

John J Draper

Tama Phethean

Ruby Richardson

Simon Weir

 

St Georgeís Church

At a time when opera was being birthed and women were commonly trapped into lives of prayer or servitude, a 17th-century Venetian woman, Barbara Strozzi, became one of the most prolific published composers of her age. Within an immersive theatre experience, this talented team of young performers tells the true story of Barbaraís life: the support of her libertarian father, her loves, losses and success. It challenges the slanders against her reputation and highlights the plight of female composers throughout history.

 

Music by Strozzi, NicolÚ Fontei and Claudio Monteverdi.

 

Promotional film to follow

Sat 2 Nov

11.30am-1.30pm

 

Gawain Glenton masterclass*

Exciting ornamentation, or learning your improv chops!

 

Friendsí Meeting House

Four auditioned singers* work on improvised ornamentation, as well as original embellished versions of songs composed in the 16th century. Part of a year-long training project leading to a concert with Gawainís ensemble, In Echo, in the 2020 festival.

Sat 2 Nov

3pm

BREMF Live! Showcase*

 

St Paulís Church

At the very heart of the festival, our highly popular annual showcase of the newest talent emerging on the musical scene. A chance to spot the stars of tomorrow from 20 musicians in four or five ensembles.

 

Sat 2 Nov

9pm

BREMF Live! Clubnight 1*

The Rose Hill

Featuring the same BREMF Live! artists from the afternoon in a more alternative programme

 

Sun 3 Nov 4pm

Bach: A Musical Offering

 

The Bach Players

Marion Moonen flute

Nicolette Moonen violin

Reiko Ichise viola da gamba

Silas Wollston harpsichord

 

St Paulís Church

The first of three concerts today featuring the music of J S Bach and his contemporaries seen in new and transforming guises. Opening with music by Buxtehude displaying the quasi improvisatory stylus phantasticus, the performers will explore the full emotional spectrum of Bachís highly rhetorical style, providing a chance to hear Bachís famous piece with fresh ears.

 

Sun 3 Nov 7.30pm

 

The Art of Moog

21st-century hyper-Bach on synthesizers

 

Robin Bigwood, Martin Perkins, Steven Devine keyboards

Annabel Knight winds

 

St Martinís Church

Looking more like a Kraftwerk gig than a classical concert, and with boundary-crossing audience appeal, this event brings Bachís eternal music to everyone. The band is made up of some of the UKís best harpsichordists and baroque specialists who bring their combined skill and imagination to this thrilling re-colouring of Bachís masterpieces.

 

A fine tribute to Wendy Carlos and her pioneering work with Switched-on Bach 50 years ago.

 

www.artofmoog.com

Sun 3 Nov

9.30pm

Clubnight 2 Ė

Ground Bass

Jazz Trio

 

The Rose Hill

Chill after all the excitement of Art of Moog to a jazz trio of keyboard, sax and bass playing jazz improvisation on famous baroque ground bassesÖ over a pint.

Wed 6 Nov

8pm

From Folk to Fashion: Dancing the Scottish Baroque

 

Ensemble Hesperi*

Mary-Jannet Leith recorder

Magdalena Loth-Hill violin

Florence Petit cello

Thomas Allery harpsichord

with

Kathleen Gilbert Highland dancer

 

St Georgeís Church

 

Award-winning early music group Ensemble Hesperi present a taste of 18th-century Scotland through this unique collaboration. Inspired by the haunting traditional melodies and infectious dance rhythms around them, Scottish composers created a new 'fusion' of folk and high baroque fashion to save Scottish musical culture from extinction! This timeless music will be brought to life with special choreography by Highland dancer, Kathleen Gilbert. 

 

Supported by a Lottery Grant from Arts Council England

https://www.ensemblehesperi.com/recordings

 

Thu 7 Nov 8pm

 

Clubnight 3

The Rose Hill

An evening of improvisation with 2019 BREMF Live! artists

Weekend 3

Fri 8 Nov

8pm

Hildegard Transfigured

A medieval trance

 

Voice*

Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks, Emily Burn

Celestial Sirens

Deborah Roberts & Laurie Stras directors

Innerstrings: Chris Tomsett visual artist TBC

 

St Martinís Church

Mystic, philosopher, artist, scientist and musician, the nun Hildegard of Bingen has become a household name. Composed in the 11th century, when only a single line was normally notated, her soaring and haunting melodies lend themselves to countless transformations from simple drones and improvised organum to new arrangements and compositions.

In this programme Hildegardís striking images are combined with

3-D lighting visuals to reproduce some of the transfiguring visions she experienced. Also includes medieval ensemble music from European convents.

Sat 9 Nov

1pm

Musical alchemy: transforming the bass

 

Improviso*

Fatima Lahham recorder

Elin White violin

Florence Petit cello

Johan LŲfving chitarrone & guitar

 

St Paulís Church

Alchemy is the ultimate metamorphosis, a transformation of base metal into gold. And in the musical realm, repeating bass lines are the foundation of some of the most imaginative musical transformations both composed and improvised. 

 

In this concert Improviso explores some of the most popular repeating ostinato - literally Ďobstinateí - bass lines of the 17th and 18th centuries, presenting a varied programme of composed and improvised music by composers including Bertali, Leclair, and J S Bach. 

 

Sat 9 Nov 7.30pm

Ovid and Handel

Tales from Ovidís Metamorphoses

 

The BREMF Players

Alison Bury leader

The BREMF Singers

Auditioned soloists from BREMF Live*

John Hancorn director

 

St Martinís Church

Ovidís eternal stories set to music by Handel, to include his chamber cantata Apollo and Daphne and selections from his oratorios Semele and Acis and Galatea.

Sun 10 Nov 7.30pm

The Feast of Fools

A medieval farce for our times!

 

Leah Stuttard harp & musical director

Clare Salaman bowed strings

Ian Harrison winds & percussion

Jeremy Avis voice

BREMF Community Choir

Andrew Robinson baritone & director

Streetfunk

JP Omari choreographer

Children from Brighton and Hove schools

Thomas Guthrie stage director

 

St Martinís Church

The world turned upside down!

 

A highly apt ending to our festival of so many transformations, the Feast of Fools originated in 11th-century France and spread throughout Europe until as late as the 16th century when it was finally banned. During this festival society was reversed, with a beggar made the Lord of Misrule, a child crowned Bishop, much cross dressing and even church music sung in imitation of animals, especially the ass!

 

Join our merry party in the ultimate metamorphosis, and enjoy medieval music as youíve never experienced it.

 

Family-friendly event suitable for children allowed to stay up a bit later!