Brighton Early Music’s young artist scheme BREMF Live! is one of the pre-eminent mentoring and development schemes for young professional early music performers in the UK. The scheme offers opportunities for ensembles, and singers and instrumentalists, who are supported over the course of a year with mentoring, training and performance opportunities.

What we offer our musicians

BREMF Live! participants are supported throughout the year with advice, mentoring and training opportunities, as well as performance opportunities and the chance to become involved in other festival projects. Alumni of the scheme are very much part of the BREMF ‘family’ and continue to be supported with references, opportunities and collaborations.

Our BREMF Live! 2021 project for singers and instrumentalists is our BREMF Early Opera course which took place 5-12 July 2021.

We have now selected the ensembles who will be part of our 2021/22 scheme and are looking forward to welcoming them to Brighton for a showcase performance on Saturday 23 October 2021.

BREMF Live! 2021/2022 Participants


Angela Hicks (soprano)
Elspeth Piggott (soprano)
Kat Carson (soprano)
Kristiina Watt (soprano)
Luthien Brackett (mezzo-soprano)
Kieran White (tenor)
Peter Martin (tenor)
Toshi Ogita (tenor)
Stuart O’Hara (bass-baritone)


Marguerite Wasserman (violin)
Olwen Foulkes (violin/recorder)
Iain Hall (cello/recorder)
Isaline Leloup (violone)
Jacob Garside (viola da gamba)
Harry Buckoke (lirone)
Aileen Henry (harp)
Kristiina Watt (chitarrone)
Eric Thomas (chitarrone)

The history of BREMF Live!

Since 2007 BREMF Live! has supported almost 200 young musicians with training, mentoring and performance opportunities. The scheme runs from June – March and provides a year of support for participants including mentoring, training opportunities (including workshops on organisation, education, fundraising and programming), performance opportunities at Brighton Early Music Festival, and a day of workshops in Brighton & Hove primary schools.
Performance opportunities and dates vary depending on the specific project applied for, and are different for ensembles and singers.

BREMF Live! is led by Brighton Early Music Festival, working together with other partners to deliver an exciting range of training opportunities. Partners include:

  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Genesis Sixteen
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Brighton & Hove Music & Arts

“It has been a most valuable time for us and it really made our group move forward in many ways, which wouldn’t have happened without BREMF Live”

BREMF Live! ensemble participant 2016-17