This year’s Brighton Early Music Festival, taking place 24 October–9 November, is to be programmed around the theme of ‘Cities: musical centres and the journeys between them’. Artistic co-director Clare Norburn says of the theme: ‘We take the widest possible slant we can in what is normally regarded as a narrow remit. We push at the boundaries of the repertoire.

Performances will include baroque ensemble La Serenissima’s journey to 18th-century Venice; The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments’s tale of two cities, recreating the jig Will Kemp originally danced on his journey from London to Norwich; and The Sixteen exploring the musical riches of the Polish royal court in the 17th century.

Other highlights will include a club-style event featuring music from the Fieri Consort, a fully costumed performance of Bach’s Coffee Cantata by the Little Baroque Company, and flautist Neil McLaren and harpsichord player Tom Foster performing C. P. E. Bach’s works for flute and harpsichord to mark the composer’s tercentenary.

There are also a number of pre-festival workshops taking place, such as an introduction to baroque string playing with Julia Bishop of Red Priest (27 September), a double reed workshop with Handel’s Fireworks Music with tutors from the OAE (4 October), and a Medieval vocal and instrumental workshop/rehearsal led by members of The Telling (18 October).

General booking for all events, concerts and workshops opens 3 September; visit for more information. 


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