BREMF Live! Applications

BREMF Live! 2022/23 has now closed and the information included below is for information only.

Details of the 2023/24 scheme will be posted here in March or April 2023.

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 live and online training sessions on vital topics; a live showcase performance and informal clubnight gig in Brighton PLUS a digital showcase; and training and delivery of a day of workshops for primary schools.

Details of 2023/24 opportunities will be posted here in March or April 2023 and the information below is for guidance only.

Guidelines for Applicants

  • The scheme runs from June 2022 to March 2023, with a performance showcase and informal club gig in Brighton on Saturday 22 October 2022, so you must be available on this date.
  • The size of ensemble is generally limited to 2 – 6 musicians with an early music specialism (from medieval to early romantic), including instrumental, vocal and mixed ensembles.
  • This year we are also inviting applications from individual medieval instrumentalists who are interested in being part of a new medieval ensemble created specially for BREMF Live!
  • 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 of the scheme include an afternoon showcase, followed by evening clubnight in Brighton on 22 October 2022 (paid at £250 per musician); and a day of schools workshops in February/March 2023 – (paid at £200 per musician).
  • See below for how to apply.

How to Apply

  • Send your application to Cathy Boyes, Festival Producer at by 5pm on Monday 25 April 2022.
  • Include a biography of your ensemble, 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.
  • You should also send a video of your ensemble performing –  via a private YouTube or Google drive link and not a file by WeTransfer.
  • Shortlisted ensembles will be invited to audition in London on Wednesday 4 May 2022. Please include details of your availability on this date.