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Workshops/Festivals 2011: (UK) Brighton Early Music Festival 2011 (21 oct-6 nov 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Oct 11, 2011

Are you planning on attending the Brighton Early Music Festival?  The festival runs from the 21st October to 6th November, but before it even starts there are loads of workshops and events throughout September and October.
  

Artistic Director Clare Norburn explains “You can take to the stage with everything from belly-dancing workshops with Galit Mersand (leading to a performance in the festival), a workshop with Mary Collins and Robin Benie in preparation for a period Masked Ball, singing workshops leading to a performance alongside medieval ensemble Joglaresa and a chance to sing Victoria’s Requiem.“

The following is the concert/workshop listing for your perusal (visit http://www.bremf.org.uk for the complete and official version; * ticket prices may be found on the main Brighton Festival website):

Festival Overview listing:

Brighton Early Music Festival
intriguingly unconventional”  The Telegraph
21st October - 6th November 2011

Dance: from belly-dancing to a Masked ball
24 events in Brighton’s most stunning buildings
The Sixteen
Joglaresa
Tallis’s
40-part Spem in Alium
Music and visions of medieval abbess Hildegard
Purcell’s
Fairy Queen
BBC Radio 3
live broadcast
For a brochure visit: http://www.bremf.org.uk or call 01273 833746 for a brochure

October

2pm, Saturday 1st October
Jubilee Square and Brighton Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE
Greek Dance: A focus into the past
Kalamus Trio
Lyra Greek Dancers
Music both old and new that will surprise, delight and entertain. For this special event Kalamus join forces with the beautifully costumed Lyra Dancers to present the dance traditions of the Greek speaking peoples and other survivals from ancient times.
Free event – no ticket required


6.30pm, Thursday 6th October
Central United Reformed Church, Ventnor Villas, Hove BN3 3YF
Rinaldo Reworked

An education project with Glyndebourne and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Music students from Brighton and Hove have been working with Glyndebourne and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) to explore Handel’s opera Rinaldo. With the help of a professional team of artists, the students will play alongside professional musicians to perform extracts from Rinaldo, as well as their own compositions inspired by Handel’s setting of the story.

www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets)


11am – 6pm, Saturday 15th October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED
Strictly BREMF: Workshop on historic dance

Mary Collins
dance instructor
Have you ever danced a galliard before breakfast like Queen Elizabeth I, or strutted like a peacock in the pavan? Now is your chance to learn how, and to prepare to take a leading role in the masked ball on 21st October. No previous experience needed.

www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets)


11am – 5pm, Sunday 16th October
BHASVIC, 205 Dyke Road, Hove BN3 6EG
Vocal Workshop with Belinda Sykes

Hosted by BREMF Community Choir, and open to all. Leads to participation in Joglaresa’s concert on 30th October. Joined by participants from the belly dancing course starting in September (some places may still be available – see www.bremf.org.uk for details).

www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets)


6pm, Tuesday 18th October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED
eSTOMPie!

Aideen Gallagher
(from STOMP)
Emily Askew
bagpipes, shawm, recorder
Tim Garside
percussion, nay
Children from Whitehawk and Westdene primary schools
Ancient and modern meet in a thrilling blend of Medieval and Arabic dance music and contemporary STOMP–style percussion. Culmination of BREMF education project.

www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets)


Main Festival Events

8pm, Friday 21st October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED
The Strictly BREMF Masked Ball

Strictly BREMF Band:
Emily Askew, Hazel Askew, Giles Lewin and David Hatcher playing a wide range of loud and soft instruments
Mary Collins
and Robin Benie dancers, dance leaders and callers
Whether you dance or not, you are invited to the ball! Don a mask, fancy dress, posh frocks or anything you fancy and join the fun: dances to watch, toe tapping music to enjoy and, of course, dances from court and country for all.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival

www.bremf.org.uk
(no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 (£2.25 fee)


1pm, Saturday 22nd October
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, 58-64 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 2JY
BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show

With Brighton Early Music Live! ensembles:
Les Mélomanes
, Galan, and The Musicians of London Wall
Festival news and interviews with performers and special guests.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival

Free event, but ticket required (only from www.bremf.org.uk)


3pm, Saturday 22nd October
Windmill Theatre, Blatchington Mill School, Nevill Avenue, Hove BN3 7BW
The Beggar’s Opera Remix

Susannah Waters
director
John Hancorn
music director
GCSE and A Level students from Blatchington Mill and Varndean Schools and City College Brighton & Hove perform their own 21st-century take on the sell-out 18th-century music-theatre piece by John Gay.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets)


7.30pm, Saturday 22nd October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED
A song and dance with The BREMF Players

The BREMF Players
Alison Bury
leader
Julia Doyle
soprano
BREMF’s own period orchestra play dance suites and dance-inspired concertos, cantatas and arias by Bach, Handel, Lully, Corelli and Telemann. Works include Bach’s Wedding Cantata and his hugely popular Third Orchestral Suite.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival

www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

7.30pm, Sunday 23rd October
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP
Sacred Hearts and
Secret Music
A music drama based on the novel by Sarah Dunant
Sarah Dunant
, Niamh Cusack and Deborah Findlay actors
Sophia Brumfitt
soprano (Serafina)
Musica Secreta
Celestial Sirens
Deborah Roberts
and Laurie Stras directors
Nick Renton
theatre director
Sarah Dunant’s gripping story combines powerful emotions with political intrigue; here threaded through with evocative and haunting chants, and music by Josquin, Palestrina, and Rore sung as it would have been performed in convents of nuns.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

6.30pm, Tuesday 25th October
Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
STRICTLY CARNIVAL!

A concert for people who can’t sit still
The Carnival Band
Andy Watts
, Giles Lewin, Jub Davis, Steno Vitale and Steve Banks playing at least 25 instruments
An hour of dance-inspired music and song from the Farandole to the Hand-Jive. Be ready to get up and jump for joy, join in the songs and, if you play an instrument, bring it along and play with the band. With bagpipes, shawm, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums etc. If you can sit still throughout this concert the band will give you your money back! A concert for children of all ages!

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709; children under 12 free for ALL events


8pm, Thursday 27th October
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP
Polyphony through Space – from plainchant to Spem in alium

Exploring the spatial effects of vocal music from 1 to 40 parts
BREMF Consort of Voices
Deborah Roberts
director
Architectural vocal music on a grand scale! To include two motets in 40 parts: Tallis’s
Spem in alium and Striggio’s Ecce beatam lucem in live surround sound – reflecting
Janet Cardiff’s hugely popular ‘The Forty Part Motet ‘ installation that attracted over 38,000 visitors to Brighton’s Fabrica gallery this spring. Hear it live alongside spectacular works by Josquin, Brumel, Gombert and Sheppard. Sit, wander through the church or lie on a cushion and let the sounds wash over you.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709


8pm, Friday 28th October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1ED
An apple for my love

Eclipse
Joy Smith
Celtic harps
Layil Barr
recorders and viol
Nicholas Hurndall-Smith
tenor
Steven Player
baroque dance and guitars
A celebration of music and dance from the British Isles based on the rich Celtic tradition that runs alongside the English Baroque. A feast of Irish Jigs, English folk songs, Celtic legends, Baroque grounds and Purcell songs. Come and meet sisters, sailors and rebellious harpers!

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

1pm, Saturday 29th October
Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
Young Artists’ Showcase: From the Palaces to the Pastures

Courtly and country dances by court composers
Les Mélomanes
Stephen Pedder
violin
Ayelet Karni
recorders
Kathleen Ross
cello
Rani Orenstein
harpsichord
Award-winning ensemble Les Mélomanes explore the output of a variety of court musicians. Including works by Schmelzer, Marais and Couperin, the programme provides an insight into their interpretation of an array of styles, where refined dances sit alongside the decidedly more provincial, from court to country.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

9pm (repeated at 11pm), Saturday 29th October
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP
BREMF at White Night: DANCE meets UTOPIA

Five ensembles – over 24 singers, players and dancers
Spiritato!
baroque ensemble
Theatrical music from 17th-century England by Locke and Purcell
Duo Labyrinthe
viol and chitarrone with guest dancer
La Follia! Wild Spanish dances and even wilder improvisations
La Terra e il Mare
mezzo soprano and baroque ensemble with guest dancer
Night time with the Fairy Queen – Purcell’s music re-arranged
The Marian Consort
vocal ensemble
Te lucis ante terminum – soothing polyphonic music for the close of day
Evolution
wind quintet
Colourful and vibrant 18th-century wind serenades
After the huge success of last year’s White Night, this year we are presenting a feast of music and dance that includes two performances: 9pm for the larks and 11pm for the owls.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
Free events: no ticket required – come and go as you please


6pm, Sunday 30th October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1ED
The Dancing Girls of Granada

Joglaresa
, with belly dancer Galit Mersand
Belinda Sykes
voice/percussion
Tim Garside
voice/percussion/nay
Jean Kelly
harp/fidel
Ruth Fraser
voice/harp
Mounir Baziz
violin/percussion
Joglaresa conjure up the spirit of their own name, and the musical atmosphere of Arab-Andalusia with performances of professional women – joglaresas or qaynat. The musical and poetic forms that developed in Muslim Spain roughly between the 8th and 15th centuries are some of the most important and pioneering of the Arab world. They influenced the music of medieval Europe and the Middle East, and have formed the basis for one of the most enduring traditions surviving today in the Middle Eastern songs to which women dance.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

9pm, Sunday 30th October
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1ED
Young Artists’ Showcase: The Singing Girls on Tour

from Ferrara to Paris via Rome!
Galan
Katy Hill
, Alison Hill, Lucy Page sopranos
Manuel Minguillon
theorbo
Christopher Bucknall
harpsichord

Join Galan on tour with musical delights echoing the great ‘girl groups’ of the baroque. From Ferrara, where it all started, they travel to the Venice of Monteverdi and Grandi, down to Rome with Carissimi and then over the Alps to Paris, following the trail of Carissimi’s pupil Charpentier. With the enduring themes of sacred and secular love and adoration.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival

www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

8pm, Monday 31st October
Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
Music and Dance in Remote Antiquity: an illustrated talk

Dirk Campbell

From the iconography of the ancient world, particularly Egypt, we can see that music and dance were central to life then as now. We can also deduce that where postures and instruments of modern times resemble those of the ancient world, then the instruments and dance are likely to have been similar. In this fully illustrated talk Dirk Campbell will explore fascinating connections between the ancient and modern worlds of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and play examples on a large number of traditional and reconstructed musical instruments.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

November

8pm, Friday 4th November
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP
THE CHORAL PILGRIMAGE 2011: Hail, Mother of the Redeemer

Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers
director
For their eleventh Choral Pilgrimage, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of perhaps the greatest composer of the Renaissance, Tomás Luis de Victoria. Like Palestrina, Victoria is a master craftsman, but he is more than that – he brings to his music qualities which one simply does not find in other composers of this era. We know him today for his penitential music, especially his glorious Requiem of 1605; but, on this pilgrimage, the group is exploring some of the sumptuous music Victoria wrote in honour of the Virgin Mary.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

1pm, Saturday 5th November
The Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF
Young Artists’ Showcase: From the Ceilidh to the Concert Hall... and beyond

The Musicians of London Wall
Ivana Cetkovic
violin
Emily Baines
recorder
Alexis Bennett
viola and fiddle
Vladimir Waltham
cello
Joseph Chesshyre
harpsichord and guest performers Philippe Barnes flute and Adrian Lever guitar
An hour of toe-tapping music that explores the often overlooked kinship between baroque dance forms and the folk-dance music of Britain and Ireland. The work of familiar 18th-century composers such as Handel and Telemann is set alongside folk tunes from famous collections by Henry Playford and Francis O’Neill.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

9pm, Saturday 5th November
St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton BN1 4GP
Vision: Hildegard von Bingen’s life and music

The Telling
Clare Norburn
soprano, script
Layil Barr
recorders
Joy Smith
harp
Emily Askew
fiddle, bagpipes
Patience Tomlinson
actress with Yvonne Eddy soprano
Celestial Sirens
bgroup: Nuno Silva
dance; Ben Wright choreographer www.bgroup.org.uk
Bricked into a cell at the age of 8 in order to serve God, Hildegard von Bingen grew into one of the most powerful and extraordinary women of her time. Vision explores her life, including her sometimes startlingly graphic and apocalyptic visions, which she experienced through migraines. Taking concerts to new places, Vision includes a new commission from South East Dance Associate Artist and Jerwood Award winning choreographer Ben Wright/bgroup, and a new play by Clare Norburn.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

3pm, Sunday 6th November
Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
Oboes and Old Bachelors

The Oboe Band
Sarah Humphrys
, Frances Norbury, Joel Raymond oboes and taille
Rebecca
Stockwell bassoon
Adrian Bending
drum and percussion
Andrew Maud
actor
An hour-long concert that explores dances and oboes as they journey from the French court to Restoration London, concluding with a presentation of William Congreve’s comedy The Old Bachelor, complete with Purcell’s original music.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709

7.30pm, Sunday 6th November
Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Brighton BN1 1SD
The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell

Semi-staged performance with dance
Elin Manahan Thomas
and Anna Devin sopranos
Andrew Pickett
counter tenor
Nicholas Mulroy
tenor
David Stout
baritone
Nicola Gaines
dance
Christopher Tudor
dance and choreography
Clare O’Donoghue
lighting design
Ellan Parry
stage design
Dance students from BHASVIC
The BREMF Players
(Alison Bury leader)
The BREMF Singers
John Hancorn
director
Susannah Waters
stage director
The Fairy Queen is the third and grandest of Purcell’s semi operas, a genre popular in 17th-century England. Written in 1692, Fairy Queen is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There is, however, no Shakespeare used in the text, but rather each act is a series of Masques, introducing us to many diverse characters, such as Sleep, Mystery, the Four Seasons, Hymen and Phoebus; combining magic, metaphor and comedy. The Theatre Royal will provide the perfect backdrop for this exciting and new semi-staged production, giving a fresh look at Purcell’s finest theatre music.

Part of the Brighton Early Music Festival
www.bremf.org.uk (no fee for etickets); from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 or from the Theatre Royal Box Office 0844 871 7650
Please note that there is no lift.