Apply for BREMF 2018

We welcome applications from professional early music ensembles to perform in our annual autumn festival.
The festival is now fully planned for 2017 but we welcome applications from professional early music ensembles interested in taking part in the 2018 festival.
Our theme for 2018 will be:

EUROPE - connection, division, collaboration and chaos

Our theme for 2018 will explore Britain’s long relationship with the rest of the Continent starting from the effects of the Norman conquest onwards. Programmes could focus on important alliances, wars, trade, migrations, revolutions and dissolutions, examining the strong influences that have always flowed in from across the channel.

Please note that we are mostly interested in programmes that work closely with our annual theme and combine good scholarship with wide audience appeal.
Enquiries about performing can be sent at any time of year, but proposals for 2018 should be sent in as soon as possible.

Initial enquiries should be sent to:

Applying to perform at BREMF

  • We programme around specific themes for each festival
  • Our programming aims to create new audiences for early music. Applicants who take this into account are more likely to be successful.  
  • We only programme young artists through our annual auditions for our Early Music Live! scheme 
  • We are less likely to take off the peg programmes unless they are part of a funded tour and can work within our theme. We often collaborate with ensembles to build programmes that will resonate with our themes and stimulate new ways of presenting and contextualising music.
  • With no core funding we are always operating on a tight budget and can rarely afford to programme ensembles from abroad unless they are offering a concert that is subsidised or part of a funded tour that coincides with our festival dates  
  • Please make initial enquiries about performing at BREMF by email. We will let you know if we wish to receive a CD. You can include links to performances on YouTube, SoundCloud etc. in your email. Please do also indicate the range of fees involved and let us know if this includes transport and accommodation if required.