Apply for BREMF 2019

We welcome applications from professional early music ensembles to perform in our annual autumn festival.
The festival is now fully planned for 2018 but we welcome applications from professional early music ensembles interested in taking part in the 2019 festival.
Our theme for 2019 will be:


Ensemble Molière’s 2018 performance of Rameau’s Pygmalion.
The story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses; the setting, 21st-century Paris

Monteverdi’s Orfeo, from the 2018 festival, combines a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses with 1960’s Brighton.

Our theme for 2019 will explore the fascinating processes of change and transformation that can take place on many levels. This might include musical forms, structures and melodies, but we would also encourage performers to look at the rich array of ideas and themes within Ovid’s Metamorphoses. This immortal, first- century epic poem on the history of the world in 250 mythological stories, was vastly influential across a number of art forms from literature to painting, and early opera to modern film. It provides an almost endless source of inspiration for placing music in a dynamic context. It also opens up many possibilities for collaborating with other art forms and increasing diversity of appeal.

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 please note we are likely to be fully programmed by each January.

Initial enquiries should be sent to:

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.