BREMF Live Applications

BREMF Live young artist scheme 2024/25 is now open for applications from ensembles and solo singers, with a closing date of 22 April 2024.

See below for full details and how to apply.

About BREMF Live

BREMF Live is much more than a performance opportunity. Participants are supported throughout the year with advice, mentoring and training opportunities, and are very much part of the Festival family.

BREMF Live participants benefit from a year of mentoring and training sessions on vital topics; performance showcase opportunities in Brighton; plus a digital showcase and training and delivery of a day of workshops for primary schools.

CLICK HERE for full details of the 2024/25 scheme.

Guidelines for Applicants

  • The scheme runs June 2024 – March 2025, with performances in Brighton on Saturday 19 October 2024 (for ensembles) and Saturday 26 October 2024 (for singers). Please make sure that you are available on the relevant date before you apply.
  • The size of ensemble we can accept is limited to 2 – 6 musicians with an early music specialism (from medieval to early romantic), including instrumental, vocal and mixed ensembles.
  • Alongside the ensembles, we are seeking six solo singers (SSSATB) to take part in our Carissimi/Charpentier programme on 26 October.
  • We don’t specify an age range but the scheme is for young musicians at the early stages of a professional career. Generally we would expect most participants to be either final year or postgraduate students, or to have graduated within the last three years.
  • There are many opportunities to get involved throughout the year, so BREMF Live is most suitable for participants who are based primarily in the UK, although some of the online training opportunities will also be open to interested groups from mainland Europe.
  • Paid elements for ensembles include an afternoon showcase & evening clubnight in Brighton on 19 October 2024 (paid at £250 per musician); and a day of schools workshops in February/March 2025 – (paid at £200 per musician). Fees for BREMF Live vocal soloists are likely to be in the range of £250 – £400. All fees are inclusive of travel and expenses.
  • Read on below for how to apply.

How to Apply

  • Send your application to Cathy Boyes, Festival Producer at by 5pm on Monday 22 April 2024.
  • For ensembles: include an ensemble biography as well as the individual members, including details of how long you have been playing together and any notable performances. Include an ensemble photo if you have one.
  • Please indicate who will be the main contact for your ensemble, but also include email and phone contact details for the other members.
  • For singers: please send a biography and photo.
  • You should also send a performance video –  via a private YouTube or Google drive link and not a file by WeTransfer.
  • For ensembles, your video should show your whole ensemble performing repertoire which is appropriate to your specialism.
  • For singers, your video should be of 17th century repertoire to include such composers as Carissimi, Charpentier and Lully. All applicants should have experience in performing pre-Classical repertoire.
  • Shortlisted singers & ensembles will be invited to audition in London on Thursday 2 May 2024. Please include details of your availability on this date with your application.