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Ensemble Molière's <em> Pygmalion </em>

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Brighton Early Music Festival announces 2017 programme

12:12, 11th August 2017

The 2017 Brighton Early Music Festival (27 October – 12 November) will explore the idea of ‘roots’ over more than 30 events.

Flagship events include new productions of Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Rameau’s Pygmalion. Thomas Guthrie’s production of Orfeo will be staged at the Old Market in Hove, featuring tenor Rory Carver in the title role, and Pygmalion will receive a new staging by Karolina Sofulak in collaboration with Ensemble Molière.

A number of the ensembles appearing at this year’s event have previously participated in the Festival’s Early Music Live! scheme for emerging ensembles. These include the Consone String Quartet, Ensemble Molière, the Askew Sisters, Ensemble Hesperi, Musica Poetica, Ensemble Tempus Fugit, Chelys Consort of Viols and the Little Baroque Company. Radio 3 will record the performances by the Consone Quartet and Ensemble Hesperi this year for broadcast on the Early Music Show.

This year’s Early Music Live! participants, including York Early Music International Young Artists Competition prizewinners Rumorum, will present their programmes in a special showcase on 4 November.

Folk enthusiasts can enjoy performances by Old Blind Dogs with singer Siobhan Miller (collaborating with L’Avventura London), and the Askew Sisters. The Festival also caters for families, with the Little Baroque Company presenting Tales in Music: The Pigeon & The Albatross.

‘This year’s programme is a fascinating journey through the early development of the musical forms we know and love today,’ said Deborah Roberts, the Festival’s co-artistic director. ‘The oratorio, sonata, string quartet and opera didn’t spring into being fully formed, but grew organically out of earlier models, and of course there’s also the chance to explore the rich tapestry of folk music which humans have enjoyed for centuries.’

Tickets for all festival events (£5-£28) go on sale to Friends on 21 August, and on general sale on 4 September.


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