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BREMF Live! sits at the heart of all of our Festival work. Each year we hold several days of auditions to select the most promising young ensembles and solo singers and provide them with a year of guidance and opportunities. This Showcase presents 20-minute sets from this year’s chosen ensembles.

BREMF Live! is supported by the Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation

We particularly welcome early music promoters to come and hear the newest talent. There will be an opportunity for you to meet the artists over a glass of bubbly after the event. If you are interested in attending please contact the artistic director:


Renaissance vocal ensemble

Tristram Cooke countertenor
Matthew Pochin tenor
David Le Prevost baritone
Geoff Williams bass

A Kiss Transformed
Risqué medieval folk song 'Baisez moy' is transformed into an innocent kiss, a setting of the Divine Office and distant tributes to beauty, in music by Josquin, Roussel, Lassus and Jannequin.


Renaissance/baroque duo

Emily Owen soprano
James Bramley lute, theorbo

Musick for a while
An intimate programme of songs to the lute and theorbo, exploring the transformative power of music. English and Italian works by Dowland, Croft, Campion, Castaldi and Monteverdi range from the devotional to the theatrical, culminating with Purcell’s masterpiece Musick for a While.


Baroque ensemble

Mariamielle Lamagat soprano
Louise Ayrton and Conor Gricmanis violins
Alice Trocellier viola da gamba
Lucie Chabard harpsichord

Folies Françaises: Couperin, Rebel & Rameau
An exploration of metamorphosis in both form and content in French 18th-century repertoire.

From the allegorical sonatas of Jean-Féry Rebel to the heroic madness of Rameau's Platée, the mythological palette will be explored through evocative drama, inviting performer and listener alike to make believe.


Baroque ensemble

Teresa Wrann recorder
Sophia Prodanova violin
Francisco Javier González Navarro cello
Thomas Allery harpsichord

Shadows of the Night
A journey through different facets of the night in music by Vivaldi, Hotteterre and Lully.

After cheerful evening festivities on the Seine, the last glimpse of daylight vanishes and the nightingale starts to sing. Heavy sleep comes, but be on the watch: madness and restlessness will quickly conjure up nightmares, spirits and ghosts and peaceful tranquillity turns into horror and dread.


A Kiss Transformed



Josquin des Prez c.1450–1521   Baisez moy
Petrus Rosselli fl.1499   Missa Baysez Moy – Kyrie
Clément Janequin c.1485–1558   Au joly jeu du pousse avant
Rosselli   Missa Baysez Moy – Sanctus
Orlande de Lassus c.1530–94   Bonjour mon coeur
Rosselli   Missa Baysez Moy – Agnus Dei

Musick for a while



William Croft 1678–1727   A Hymn on Divine Musick
Henry Purcell 1659–1695   Bess of Bedlam
John Dowland 1563–1626   Preludium
Thomas Campion 1567–1620   Never weather-beaten sail
Bellerofonte Castaldi 1580–1649   Arpesca Gagliarda
Claudio Monteverdi 1567–1643   Se d’un angel il bel viso
Purcell   Musick for a While



Folies Françaises: Couperin, Rebel & Rameau



Jean-Féry Rebel 1666–1747   Sonate No. 5 en ré majeur ‘La Pallas’
Lentement – Gay et Lentement
Jean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764/td>   Le Berger Fidèle, Cantate Françoise à voix seule avec Simphonie Récitatif & Air Plaintif
François Couperin 1587–1639   1668–1733 arr. Lucie Chabard / Alice Trocellier Muséte de Choisi, Troisième Livre, Quinzième Ordre
Rameau   Air de la Folie, from Platée, Act II

Shadows of the Night



Antonio Vivaldi
  La Senna Festeggiante RV 693, Sinfonia
I – Allegro
Jacques Hotteterre 1674–1763   Pourquoy, doux rossignol
Vivaldi   Concerto ‘La Notte’ RV 104
Largo – Fantasmi: Presto – Largo – Andante – Presto – Il Sonno: Largo – Allegro
Robert Johnson c.1583–1633   Masque: The witches dance

Interval refreshments including home-made cakes

Prom Ticket/SP (on door only) £5