As a festival directed by a professional singer, BREMF is dedicated to performance and participation at all levels of ability from established professional to complete beginner. Professional involvement in the festival ranges from emerging talent on our Early Music Live! scheme to world class international artists. The festival also runs its own professional and amateur groups ranging from a fully professional orchestra to a vibrant community choir.


Performing at the festival

Festival Artistic Director Deborah Roberts welcomes applications from professional early music ensembles to perform in our annual autumn festival.
Please read our guidelines before applying.

BREMF choirs

BREMF runs three choirs - click on the links below for more info.

  • BREMF Community Choir

    The BREMF Community Choir is non-auditioned, meets weekly and is open to all. It offers a high degree of vocal and choral training and covers a wide repertoire of early music.

  • The BREMF Singers

    The BREMF Singers is an occasional, auditioned choir made up of the most experienced choral singers in the region. It performs annually in the festival as well as other events.

  • BREMF Consort of Voices

    BCV is an ensemble of solo and consort singers formed from semi-professional, student and experienced amateur singers.

BREMF bands

The BREMF Players

The BREMF Players is a fully professional period orchestra led by Alison Bury that can vary in size from a quartet of baroque strings to a full classical orchestra. Its hallmark is the potent mix of experienced players and those recently arrived as young professionals. Many young players have come through from our Early Music Live! scheme.

In the 2019 festival, the BREMF Players will join the BREMF Singers and young auditioned soloists from BREMF Live! on Saturday 9 November to perform works by Handel inspired by tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses, including the cantata Apollo and Daphne and selections from Semele and Acis and Galatea.

BREMF Renaissance Players

This is a more occasional professional ensemble led by Oliver Webber which performs when a band is needed for late renaissance and early baroque music.

The ensemble first came together in 2012 for a performance of the 1589 Florentine Intermedi, and in 2015 it formed the orchestra for the highly acclaimed production of Francesca Caccini' s proto opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall' isola di Alcina.