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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

BREMF co-artistic director Clare Norburn to step down

9:15, 20th July 2017

The Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) has announced that Clare Norburn will be stepping down from her position as co-artistic director after the 2017 Festival in order to concentrate on her career as a writer.

Norburn, who founded the festival with co-artistic director Deborah Roberts in 2002, will continue her involvement with Early Music Live!, the Festival’s young ensemble training programme.

Describing her time as co-artistic director as ‘one of the most important chapters of my life’, Norburn added: ’15 years is a long time and I now feel the time is right to move on to devote more time and energies to my writing of concert/plays.

‘I am pleased that I will still be involved with my BREMF colleagues on the Early Music Live! training programme and look forward to cheering on the organisation as it continues to grow and thrive.’

‘Clare’s contribution cannot be measured,’ said Deborah Roberts. ‘She has always worked tirelessly not only in keeping the festival on track financially, but has been an inspiring partner in our continuing to programme a festival that is unique and groundbreaking, offering exciting challenges to artists and audiences alike. I wish her all the very best in her future as a writer and in the development of her own festival in Stroud Green.’

Simon Mathews, chair of BREMF, said: ‘The Board would like to thank Clare for her hard work and all she has done to develop and champion BREMF over the past 15 years. Her financial and fundraising expertise is one of the reasons that BREMF has continued to grow and thrive in a challenging financial climate which has seen other classical music organisations falter.’

BREMF 2017 will take place 27 October – 12 November.


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