Brighton Early Music Festival

Autumn Lates: Who said that extra hour had to be spent in bed?

Celebrate the extra hour this year with BREMF @ Autumn Lates.
Join the celebratory journey through Europe at a spectacular Autumn Lates Event at the Brighton Early Music Festival: Saturday, 27th October 20:30 and 22:30.

This year the Queen and Country have been celebrating Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne. In the spirit of celebration Brighton Early Music Festival has a celebration of its own taking place this year – BREMF’s 10th Birthday! To celebrate this special birthday, the festival is putting on a free Autumn Lates event. It will take place this Saturday, October 27th, the day that the clocks go back, at St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton, with two performances at 20:30 and 22:30.

Autumn Lates is a series of twenty events taking place throughout October and November put on by a number of local arts organisations, including Duke of Yorks, Photo Biennial, Fabrica, Same Sky and Marlborough Theatre. The series is happening as White Night is taking a break, whilst plans are being made for its future development. As White Night was such a popular occasion for four years, it is planned to build on it in future years.

In the meantime, this year, on the night when the clocks go back, Saturday 27 October, Brighton Early Music Festival has a birthday party.

“Autumn Lates: BREMF’s 10th Birthday Celebration will follow the same format as last year’s BREMF @ White Night,” explains Co-Artistic Director, Clare Norburn. “The music ranges from Bach to Schubert, and we have challenged the musicians to try new things – so they are combining their performances with film, shadow puppetry, dancing and readings. All this, in the stunning setting of St Bartholomew’s Church, the tallest church in Europe with beautiful ambient lighting. We will also strip out most of the chairs, so that the audience have the space to wander about and experience the music and follow the musicians all over the building. As at last year’s White Night, we intend to break down some of the barriers that sometimes exist in a formal concert between performers and audience, giving audience members a completely different and magical experience.”

One of five ensembles taking part is Oxford Baroque Ensemble whose music will accompany by a film which, together with the music, will explore the concept of perpetual motion. Musica Poetica will focus on improvisation and ornamentation in 17th Century German music while the Borromini String Quartet celebrates the streets of Madrid, combining the music of Boccherini with new choreography and dance and the unusual addition of shadow puppetry. The Ensemble de Trianon takes us the musical activities of the Court of Versailles including music by Charpentier, Remeau, Montéclair and LeClair. Finally, we take our seats in a 19th Century Salon with the Duo Flauguissimo who bring us works by Paganini, Schubert and Gluck with a recital of poems from a special guest actor. So, quite a birthday party!

And it doesn’t just end on 27th October: returning to Brighton Early Music Festival for a special Showcase event on Thursday, 1st November are two groups who stole the show at BREMF @ White Night in 2011: The Marian Consort and Le Terra e il Mare. Taking inspiration from their White Night event last year, both groups will create an ambient and informal performance with lighting and creative use of the beautiful space of St Mary Rock Gardens to celebrate music from the 16th and 17th Century. Travel from the court to the tavern with music by Couperin and Charpentier and celebrate Renaissance women in songs, motets and madrigals by Janequin, Byrd and Gabrieli.

The BREMF Autumn Lates event on 27th October is free and no tickets are necessary. The audience is free to come and go as they please throughout the evening. For the Showcase concert on 1st November, tickets can be purchased from £12 and £10 concessions.

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