Brighton Early Music Festival
BREMF@home – Across the Earth
23rd October to 1st November 2020
How refreshing to see that the Brighton Early Music Festival is going digital this year, with a series of broadcast events this autumn combining early and traditional music with film.
Filming is currently underway for ten events, to be broadcast across the weekends of 23rd to 25th October and 30th October to 1st November on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels. The films will be available to watch online for a week after the first broadcast, giving viewers plenty of time to catch up at a convenient time.
Part of Brighton’s cultural scene since 2002, BREMF regularly presents music covering 1000 years of human history – from the middle ages to the early 19th century. This year’s Festival covers an even greater time range, including music from ancient Egypt right up to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony of 1808.
By going online, the Festival is looking forward to appealing to a wider audience both in Brighton & Hove and further afield, including people who find it difficult to get out to live events in person. Artistic Director Deborah Roberts says: “The current covid-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink how we can best present the Festival this year. Given current global uncertainty, we have decided to develop a fully digital Festival, with programmes merging musical performance with film, images, animation and documentary presentation – much more than filmed concerts. We can’t wait!”
In many cases filming for the events is taking place in Sussex, and there will be plenty of opportunities to spot your favourite parts of the Sussex countryside in the final films.
BREMF@home programmes will include events suitable for families such as a music and puppetry tale Birds, Bugs and other Beasts; chamber-sized versions of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, the latter complete with newly-commissioned animation; medieval songs of protest from Joglaresa; and Bird Charmer – a collaboration with Sussex Wildlife Trust exploring birdsong in music. The online Festival’s finale will be The Four Faces of Gaia – a multimedia film featuring music and dance from Africa, India, the Middle East and Europe in celebration of our beautiful world.
Deborah continues: “Although the programmes will be freely available, we are asking viewers to consider making a small donation in place of buying concert tickets in the normal way. This source of income is vital to our continuing operation, as most of the funding bodies on which we usually rely have diverted funds to emergency aid during the COVID-19 crisis.”
See further details and the full listing of events at www.bremf.org.uk.