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, singers and instrumentalists.

We have recently selected our participants for 2024/25 – see below for details.

What we offer our musicians

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

Opportunities to hear BREMF Live participants during the 2024 Festival are on 19 October 2024 (showcase performance for ensembles) and 26 October 2024 (choral & orchestral programme with BREMF Live vocal soloists).

BREMF Live! 2024/2025 Participants


The Lowe Ensemble
Minerva Baroque
Nocturnalia Ensemble
Triple Fipple recorder trio


Sumei Bao-Smith (soprano)
Emilia Bertolini (soprano)
Emily Brown Gibson (soprano)
Sophie Timms (mezzo)
TBC (tenor)
TBC (bass)

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 Sussex 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:

  • Making Music
  • Brighton Festival
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Create Music (the music hub for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex)

“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