BREMF Live! Applications and Auditions

Applications are now open for Brighton Early Music Festival’s young artist scheme Early Music Live!. We are seeking up and coming early music ensembles to perform at the Festival (4 November) and benefit from a year of training, mentoring, advice and opportunities to be heard by promoters.
Alongside Early Music Live! we are also auditioning young solo singers for our production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (8-12 November) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (12 November) – see below for details.

About Early Music Live! and how to apply

Early Music Live! is much more than a performance opportunity. Ensembles are supported throughout the year with advice, mentoring and training opportunities, as well as the chance to become involved in other festival projects. We invite other promoters to hear the performance in Brighton which in previous years has led to ensembles being booked ‘on the spot’ for further appearances.

The 2017/18 scheme runs from May 2017 to March 2018 with performance opportunities in the 2017 Brighton Early Music Festival (27 October – 12 November 2017). Your ensemble must be free to perform in Brighton (including a morning rehearsal, afternoon showcase and late night performance) on 4 November 2017. At least 50% of your group should aim to attend the training sessions which are offered throughout the year at the Royal Academy of Music, and everyone should be available for a day of workshops in Brighton & Hove schools in February or March 2018. For this reason, Early Music Live! only works for ensembles who are based mainly in the UK.

Fees: If your ensemble is selected for the scheme you will be paid a fee of £200 per person for the showcase performance in Brighton on 4 November 2017, plus a further fee of £150 per person for a day of education activity in spring term 2018 and £150 per person for any ‘open mic’ appearances. We do not provide any payments for attendance at training sessions but all events are provided to you free of charge.

Before you apply, please read our Guidelines for Applicants on the BREMF Live homepage. To apply, please send the following to by 5.00pm on Friday 17 March 2017.

  • your ensemble name and line-up of performers and instruments/voice
  • contact details for each participant in your ensemble. (Please also indicate the person who will act as the main contact for the group).
  • a biog of the ensemble, including details of how long you have been playing together and any concerts you have done as an ensemble;
  • a biog of each of the individuals in your ensemble;
  • a short statement (approx 200 words) explaining why your ensemble is suitable for the scheme and why you think you should be selected.
  • details of your availability on the audition date if you are not free for the whole day.
  • an audio track or website link if you have one
Auditions: 26 March 2017 in London, with possible alternative dates of 30 and 31 March 2017

Alongside the auditions for Early Music Live, we will also be auditioning young solo singers to take part in our opera production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (8-12 November) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (12 November). Please send a CV, a link to a performance on YouTube or other (if you have one) and the name and contact details (email address and phone number) of one referee.  This could be a singing teacher, conductor or another promoter.
Send applications to by 5.00pm on Friday 17 March 2017. Auditions in London: 30 March 2017 (Orfeo) / 31 March 2017 (Christmas Oratorio)

Early Music Live! is led by Brighton Early Music Festival, working together with other partners to deliver an exciting range of training opportunities. Partners include:
Snape Maltings
Royal Academy of Music
Genesis Sixteen
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sound City (the Music Hub for Brighton & Hove)
All plans are subject to funding at this stage, likely to be confirmed by early June 2017.

Timetable 2017/18

  • 17 March 2017 – deadline for applications
  • 26 March 2017 – ensemble auditions in London
  • 30 & 31 March 2017 – singer auditions in London
  • April/May 2017 – induction day for successful ensembles
  • June 2017 – March 2018 – training and development sessions, usually taking place at the Royal Academy of Music
  • July 2017 – ensembles are invited to submit programmes for the 4 November performances in consultation with the Festival
  • October 2017 – opportunity to perform at open mic sessions in Brighton & Hove pubs and clubs (paid)
  • 21 October 2017 – Festival introduction/conference day
  • 4 November 2017 – Performance at Brighton Early Music Festival (paid)
  • Late January 2018 – whole day training session on working in schools (usually on a Sunday)
  • February/March 2018 – 1 day education workshop by each ensemble in Brighton & Hove schools (paid)
  • March/April 2018 – Residential Weekend at Snape Maltings, Suffolk
  • Plus other opportunities as they arise

Past Participants

Click here for a list of the ensembles who have taken part in Early Music Live! in previous years.