Tuesday 11 November 2014

BREMF 2015 - plans and an appeal

Francesca Caccini
Francesca Caccini
Next year's Brighton Early Music Festival runs from 23 October 2015, to 8 November 2015 and has as its there Women! They will be presenting a wide variety of works featuring women or by women composers, including a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the French baroque composer Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de las Guerra. There will also be music by Hildegard of Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Barbara Strozzi, along with an opera by Francesca Caccini.  There will also be a programme featuring women in mythology from Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg, and a screening of the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer with live medieval music.

The festival is appealing for help to put on a production of Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggerio dall'Isola d'Alcina, which was written in 1625 and is possibly the first opera by a woman. Francesca Caccini was the daughter of Giulo Caccini who was involved in the Florentine group which originated opera. BREMF has set up a crowd-funded appeal to help raise money for the staging. The festival will be applying to the Arts Council, but needs to raise £5000 by the end of this month. You can help by visiting their on-line crowdfunding page.

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