This years’s Brighton Early Music Festival has the theme of ‘Cities – Musical centres and the journeys between them’, and we are promised a great line-up again of top world-class musicians, up-and-coming young professionals and the best of local amateur performers too.
|The Sixteen (Credit: MolinaVisuals)|
Highlights include the return of The Sixteen, focussing on Warsaw, and the music of Italian maestri at the 17th century Polish court (Friday 31 October). On this occasion they are conducted by Assistant Director, Eamonn Dougan, who has directed The Sixteen in two highly-acclaimed recordings of Polish repertoire.
|La Serenissima (Credit: Benjamin Harte)|
Venice is the destination for La Serenissima with music by Vivaldi, Albinoni & Caldara (Friday 24 October), and they are followed the same night by a performance from Early Music Live! artists, the Fieri Consort.
Other destinations include London (BREMF Players and Singers, music by Purcell and Handel, Sunday 9 November), Paris (Musica Secreta, the CelestialSirens and Brighton Festival YouthChoir, with music by Charpentier, Lully & Couperin, Sunday 2 November) and Monserrat (The Telling, Spanish medieval songs and dances, Saturday 25 October).
|BREMF Consort of Voices|
Popes, Patronage and Power is the focus for a visit to Rome on Saturday 25 October. The BREMF Consort of Voices, with narrator Nigel Pittman perform music composed for the Vatican, including music by Palestrina, Josquin, and Allegri’s famous Miserere, with director Deborah Roberts singing the soprano solo.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are in town with The Night Shift, taking music to intimate pub settings, and this year they will by at The Marlborough Theatre (Friday 17 October).
|The Borromini Quartet|
And in a joint venture with Strings Attached, the Borromini Quartet return to Brighton to take us on a journey from Vienna to Madrid, with music by Haydn, Boccherini and the so called ‘Spanish Mozart’, Arriaga (Sunday 26 October).