Brighton Early Music Festival

Brighton Early Music Festival

Brighton Early Music Festival will run from Fri 25th October – Sunday 10th of Nov, with over 22 events in some of Brighton’s most stunning buildings. The theme for 2013 is PASSION in all its guises and moods.

The full brochure can be obtained at visit or by calling 01273 833746, but here are some of the highlights of the festival:


Saturday 21st September, 10am–6pm – pre festival event
The Unitarian Church & Mrs Fitzherbert’s Pub, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF
The Blind Tiger Club, 52-54 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 9QA
Passion for Singing – A sponsored eight-hour ‘singathon’ and related workshops
A day celebrating our ‘Passion for Singing’. We are looking to fill eight hours of continuous singing with ensembles and soloists from any vocal tradition with some roots in the past. To include jazz, blues, soul, folk, world, singer/songwriter and improvisation as well as 900 years of early and classical music.
Free vocal workshops on a variety of singing styles.
To apply to take part, download the form from  or email


Friday 25th October, 8pm
St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1ED
Songs of Sinne & Subversion
Belinda Sykes director
The mere idea of music and musicians in the Middle Ages was a subversive one from the church’s standpoint, and Joglaresa have always emphasised this in their 20th and 21st century performances. With more than a passing nod to Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and the Sex Pistols, Joglaresa explore links between songs from the Crusades to the present day. With searing vocals, fidel, harp, citole, bass
and percussion, Joglaresa will drag you out of the dusty world of medieval music kicking into the
here and now.
Tickets: £23 (£21 conc) / £18.50 (£16.50 conc) / £12 (£10 conc) / £6 (restricted view) from (no fee for e-tickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 (£2.25 fee)


Saturday 2nd November, 7.30pm
The Old Market, 11A Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS
Passion & The Princess: Marriage, murder and madness at the court of Ferrara
Musica Secreta
Deborah Roberts & Sophia Brumfitt sopranos; Rosie Midgley mezzo soprano;
Lynda Sayce lute and chitarrone; Claire Williams harpsichord
Deborah Roberts director
Devised and introduced by Laurie Stras
Meet the true impresario of the singing ladies of Ferrara. Named after her grandmother Lucrezia Borgia, the princess Lucrezia d’Este was participant, patron and witness to the greatest music of the 16th-century at the court of Ferrara. Passion, violence, murder and treachery weave through her story, with music her one delight in the brutal world of renaissance politics. Music by Willaert, Rore, Wert, Luzzaschi and Monteverdi, and other rare gems of the Ferrarese court.
Tickets: £18.50 (£16.50 conc) / £12 (£10 conc) from (no fee for e-tickets) or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 (£2.25 fee)

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