Wednesday 2 June 2021

Bringing live music back to Brighton: BREMF's Midsummer Season

Royal Spa (c) Simon Carey
The Royal Spa, Queens Park (Photo Simon Carey)
In normal circumstances the Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) would take place in the Autumn, with perhaps a few events during the rest of the year, but this year is far from normal. So, to celebrate the relaxation of rules BREMF is holding a Midsummer Season of outdoor events. There will be eight events, taking place at the Royal Spa in Queen’s Park - a regency portico which is the only remaining part of the Royal Spa complex, now in the grounds of the Royal Spa Nursery School.

The season begins on Saturday 5 June 2021 with The Forest of Mythical Breezes, the duo Flaugissimo in a programme of French baroque music and dance based on classical myths and audience members are invited to bring picnic chairs or rugs and a picnic to enjoy during the performance. The season continues with North Indian dance and storytelling (6 June), renaissance polyphony from the BREMF Consort of Voices, conductor Deborah Roberts, celebrating the Josquin and Robert Fayrfax centenaries (12 June), music from 17th century London and Italy with Lux Musicae London and the Fieri Consort (13 June & 3 July), Pocket Sinfonia and Thomas Guthrie in A Midsummer Night's Dream combining Mendelssohn and Shakespeare (20 June), the Monteverdi String Band's Monteverdi Re-imagined (3 July) and highlights from the earliest opera by a female composer – Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero (11 July).

Full details from the BREMF website.

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