Brighton Early Music Live! is one of the pre-eminent mentoring and development schemes for young professional early music ensembles in the UK. Successful ensembles not only perform in the Festival each year, they also benefit from a programme of training opportunities covering subjects including fundraising, marketing, education and managing an ensemble. Early Music Live! aims to support emerging ensembles in their early development, and help young musicians to become more employable.
Click here for the content of the 2017/18 BREMF Live! scheme

About Early Music Live!

We feel very fortunate to have been selected for the Early Music Live! Scheme and to have benefitted from the opportunities it has provided for the group…We have received several bookings as a result of the exposure the scheme has given us…[and will] look back on our performance at the BREMF showcase as a 'turning point', which really launched the ensemble.

Palisander, Early Music Live! 2015/16

Early Music Live! is a paid apprenticeship and training scheme for young early music ensembles. We provide mentoring and advice in areas such as business planning; managing your group; creative programming; approaching and working with promoters; devising education work; and fundraising. The scheme aims to provide young musicians with the wider skills necessary for life as a well-rounded professional musician in the 21st century.

Some applicant guidelines

  • Ensembles should be fully formed and have been working together for at least two years - you cannot form an ensemble specifically for the audition
  • The size of ensemble is limited to generally 2 - 6 musicians with an early music specialism (from medieval to classical)
  • Ensembles can comprise singers, instrumentalists or a mix of singers and instrumentalists
  • We don’t specify an age range but please note that the scheme is intended for young professional musicians at the early stages of a professional career. Generally we would expect most participants in a group to be either final year or postgraduate students, or to have graduated within the last 3 years.
  • Ensembles need to demonstrate musicality and strong technical ability, a sense of understanding of period performance and good ensemble skills
  • Ensembles need to demonstrate their passion for and keenness in developing education work. We also welcome applications from groups exploring experimental work with other musical genres and/or art-forms. We will expect ensembles to come to the audition with some ideas of repertoire or approaches they would like to explore through their involvement on the scheme.

Applications 2018

Applications for the 2018/19 scheme will be invited in early 2018.
Details of how to apply will be posted here when available.

Past Participants

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