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Friday, 30 March 2012

BREMF 2012 - Celebration!

This year's Brighton Early Music Festival has a rather tempting programme celebrating 10 years of the festival from 26/10/2012 to 11/11/2012. The Tallis Scholars are celebrating the Field of the Cloth of Gold, the extravagant event where Henry VIII and Francis I of France met and did rather a lot of competitive showing off. Whilst the BREMF Renaissance Orchestra (which includes members of the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and the Monteverdi String Band), plus the BREMF Consort and Aerial Dance, all directed by Deborah Roberts, will be celebrating the Florentine Intermedi, the amazing musical interludes which were composed to be performed, in spectacular fashion, between sections of a spoken play. They are important precursors of opera and went on to have a life in their own right. Then the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble with the BREMF Consort of Voices are back with another celebration, that of Gabrieli's 400th anniversary.

The final weekend of the festival includes a celebration of the life and work of David Munrow (his radio programme was essential listening in our flat when I was a student), a musical carnival from Musica Secreta and of course a celebration of Coronations. This latter concert is from the wonderful International Baroque Players, with the BREMF Singers.

There is of course much more, just visit the BREMF website.

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