Saturday 23 October, 4pm at St Martin's Church
BREMF Live! Showcase
BREMF’s ever-popular showcase of emerging talent features programmes from three exciting young early music ensembles who are part of the Festival’s young artist scheme.
BREMF Live! ensembles 2021/22
BREMF Live! Showcase 23 October
The Tears of the Muses
Arculo Consort of Viols
Tim Burton, treble and bass viols
Matthew Farrell, treble viol and countertenor
Rowan Bidmead, tenor and bass viols
Cai Waverley-Hudson, tenor and bass viols
Tim Edwards, bass viol
In Greek mythology, the nine Muses gave inspiration, knowledge, artistry, and music to the ancient world. In this showcase, Arculo explores the use of Muses in 16th and 17th century writing, whilst also performing favourites by Byrd, Dowland, Holborne, and Hume.
The Swan Consort
Ailsa Campbell, Anita Datta, Lewis Cullen, Robin Datta, Samuel Gilliatt
The Swan Consort explores the wealth of madrigals and part-songs inspired by Guarini’s epic poem Il Pastor Fido. Presenting their own collage of this mythical yarn, their programme draws from well-known interpretors including Monteverdi, Weelkes and Handel, setting them alongside music from the forgotten but formidable madrigal writers of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque.
Raise the Flame of Love
Peter Martin, tenor
Abel Balazs and Will McGahon, violin
Nick Drey, violoncello
Vicente Chavarría, harpsichord and direction
This programme revisits the pastoral theme of love and constancy through Rameau’s cantata Le Berger Fidèle – The Faithful Shepherd – based on the hugely popular Italian pastoral drama Il Pastor fido. What will happen in the complex and tested relationship between Myrtil and Amaryllis? Will their true love and fidelity prevail? The flame of sacred love is also explored in music by Rafael Castellanos from Guatemala Cathedral.