Apply for BREMF 2022: Transition

The Covid-19 pandemic has been disastrous for live music worldwide but has led to a number of innovations both online and live. In 2020 we were able to re-imagine the festival in digital format and in 2021 included a summer season of live events.

Transition in 2021, 2022 and beyond

The success of our summer 2021 outdoor season has also opened up new possibilities of working throughout the year, and spreading BREMF out more widely which should help us to reach new audiences. We will also be widening the definition of ‘early’ music to include more traditional music from across Europe and beyond – nothing new to BREMF, but we now want to expand this in more detail. Using both live and digital formats, it opens our work to the world and also allows imaginative ways of creating programmes.

For 2022 our theme will be TRANSITION. This will not only reflect our new model: inclusion of a summer outdoor season in addition to a shorter autumn indoor season, and a digital series, but also allows exploration of music that sits in the cracks between our established musical periods.  This is always an area of innovation and experimentation and we hope to see this reflected in exciting programmes. The Festival is always happy to work with artists on the creative process.

Nobody yet knows how the pandemic will unfold over the next few years, but being able to adapt will be key to the survival of the arts. We will continue to consider digital programmes allowing us to consider more applications from overseas artists. Please explore the full possibilities of the medium!

Applying to perform at BREMF

  • We programme around specific themes for each festival
  • Our programming aims to create new audiences for early music. Applicants who take this into account are more likely to be successful.
  • We only programme young artists through our annual auditions for our Early Music Live! scheme
  • We are less likely to take off the peg programmes unless they are part of a funded tour and can work within our theme. We often collaborate with ensembles to build programmes that will resonate with our themes and stimulate new ways of presenting and contextualising music.
  • With no core funding we are always operating on a tight budget and can rarely afford to programme ensembles from abroad unless they are offering a concert that is subsidised or part of a funded tour that coincides with our festival dates
  • Please make initial enquiries about performing at BREMF by email. We will let you know if we wish to receive a CD. You can include links to performances on YouTube, SoundCloud etc. in your email. Please do also indicate the range of fees involved and let us know if this includes transport and accommodation if required.

How to get in touch

Please note that we are only interested in programmes that work closely with our annual theme and combine good scholarship with imaginative, fresh and engaging approaches. Enquiries about performing can be sent at any time of year, but we are likely to be fully programmed by each January.

Initial enquiries should be sent to