Pre-festival events TBA including:
The BREMF@home Festival will take place in the autumn as usual. All events will be premiered at a fixed date and time on YouTube and will remain online for a week. Although programmes will be freely available, we are requesting that viewers make a donation in place of buying concert tickets in the normal way. This will be possible in advance via our website. This source of income is vital to our continuing operation, as most of the regular funding bodies, on which we usually rely, have diverted funds to emergency aid during the COVID-19 crisis.
We will be building individual pages for each event and adding more information and preview clips as they become available.
The main festival BREMF@home will start online on Friday 23 October as follows:
Wednesday 14 October, 8pm
LOVE IN THE LOCKDOWN
Including a pre-show singing workshop at 7.15pm
Online premiere of a brand-new concert/play by Clare Norburn. A love story inspired by an earlier quarantine in Florence in 1348, as translated into literature by Giovanni Boccaccio in his book The Decameron.
Friday 23 October, 7pm
Rosie Bowker flute
Eleanor Corr violin
Emil Duncumb fortepiano
POCKET- SIZED CLASSICS
Felix Mendelssohn 1809-1847
Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Symphony No. 6, The Pastoral
Newly commissioned animation and film of the natural world accompanies two of the most- loved classics of all times, both arranged and reduced to chamber proportions.
Saturday 24 October, 10.30am
Kinga Ujszászi violin
Alice Manthorpe-Saunders cello
Sergio Bucheli theorbo
Delyth Taylor puppeteer
BIRDS, BUGS & OTHER BEASTS - A MUSICAL MENAGERIE
including music by Heinrich Biber 1644-1704
Puppets made from recycled materials meet in the grass.
Saturday 24 October, 7pm
Olwen Foulkes recorders
Ellen Bundy & Alice Earll violin
Jam Orrell viola
Carina Drury cello
Harry Buckoke viola da gamba & double bass
Toby Carr theorbo
Music on pastoral themes by Handel, Corelli, Alessandro Scarlatti, Geminiani, Stradella and Chedville.
Music inspired by Arcadia – an ancient, mythical space of unspoilt wilderness where the inhabitants lived in harmony with their natural surroundings.
This programme is set in the exquisite 15th-century barn of Sullington Manor Farm, and the pastoral landscape of rural Sussex.
Sunday 25 October, 3pm
Dirk & Adam Campbell
performance with commentary
New and traditional music illustrates connections between living traditions and ancient antiquity. Father and son duo Dirk and Adam Campbell play an array of string and wind instruments from Africa and Asia, many of which are reconstructed from evidence dating back to ancient Egypt and beyond
Sunday 25 October, 7pm
BREMF LIVE! REVISITED
Dramma per Musica
Our annual showcase featuring ensembles selected for our BREMF Live! young artists programme.
Details to follow
As we were not able to audition this year, we have selected 4 past ensembles from our BREMF Live! scheme. Film footage from their original showcase will be combined with new material showing more recent activity.
Friday 30 October, 7pm
THE SOCIETY OF STRANGE AND ANCIENT INSTRUMENTS
Clare Salaman director
INTRODUCING THE TRUMPET MARINE
Meet the trumpet marine, a towering, single-stringed instrument with a host of resonating or sympathetic strings.
It was a trumpet-substitute for nuns and an unusual vehicle for virtuosic musical display in the late 17th century, falling out of circulation in
the late 18th century and rarely seen or heard since then, despite its magnificent sound and appearance.
Saturday 31 October, 3pm
James Duncan from Sussex Wildlife Trust
with Piers Adams recorders
A talk, with music, on the song birds of Sussex
Family friendly event
During this COVID-19 spring, the reduction in traffic noise made more people aware of the beauty of birdsong. Yet in earlier times, birdsong was the ongoing soundtrack of everyday life, and musicians were deeply aware of its rich complexity.
Recorder virtuoso Piers Adams plays some of the music composed in imitation of birds, or even designed for them to sing.
Saturday 31 October, 7pm
Medieval songs of protest
We live in an age of protest and rebellion: against environmental damage and climate change; against war and injustice, and over religious and racial difference. But they certainly had their share of rebellion in medieval times: against the Crusades, corrupt leaders, religion and even sexual norms. Joglaresa perform medieval protest songs with some contemporary flavours and vivid animation
Sunday 1 November, 3pm
MUSICKE IN THE AYRE
Gwen Martin soprano &
Din Ghani lute
SWEET AYRES OF ARCADIA
Wilton, near Salisbury, was home to Mary Herbert, sister to the Elizabethan poet, Sir Philip Sidney. The house and gardens provided the inspiration for his major pastoral poem, The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia.
This programme, filmed in the ‘Arcadian’ pastoral landscape of the Sussex Downs and the house and gardens of St Mary’s House, Bramber, reflects on the beauty of nature as a metaphor for love, beauty and constancy.
Sunday 1 November, 7pm
Details to follow
THE FOUR FACES OF GAIA
A celebration of the earth
BREMF's flagship multi-media production for 2020, reimagined for the digital space and including archived and specially filmed footage.
Four regions of the earth: Africa, India, the Middle East and Europe; the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water combine in a celebration through traditional and early music and dance in honour of the planet that sustains us.
All events in this draft listing are subject to change or cancellation.