Apply for BREMF 2023: New Horizons

We are now fully programmed for both our Midsummer and Autumn seasons in 2022.

We are starting to programme for our 2023/24 season and invite applications from artists on the theme of ‘New Horizons’. Read on below for more information about what to send us.

Transition in 2022 and beyond

Our theme for 2022/23 is ‘Transition’. This encompasses both a transition for the Festival as we move from one large Festival each autumn to three or four mini-seasons through the year, but also reflects our exploration of music that sits in the cracks between our established musical periods.

The success of our first ever Midsummer Season of outdoor events in 2021, as well as our popular BREMF@Christmas event has opened up new possibilities of working throughout the year, and spreading BREMF out more widely which will help us reach new audiences. We are also 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 enables us to open our work to the world and also allows imaginative ways of creating programmes.

For 2023/24 and beyond we welcome applications from artists for programmes that will work indoors, outdoors, live or online.
June – Midsummer season of primarily outdoor events
October – Autumn season of indoor events
November – BREMF@home season of digital content
December – Festive weekend
March/April – Easter mini-Festival

Our theme for 2024/25 will be Emergence, and for 2025/26 Connections.

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 and please don’t send a CD unsolicited. Please do include links to performances on YouTube, SoundCloud etc. in your email and 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 deborah@bremf.org.uk