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Europe-themed Early Music Festival programme revealed

9:28, 6th July 2018

Brighton Early Music Festival will run from 26 October to 11 November, and will explore Britain’s relationships with the rest of the European continent from the medieval times onwards.

Highlights include:

  • Music from the 13th-century Lewes Priory Breviary performed by Spanish ensemble Resonet and Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) Community Choir
  • Festive music for an 18th-century Swedish royal wedding
  • Choral and orchestral music for peace by Charpentier, Handel, Purcell and Delelande to celebrate Armistice Day
  • Royal wedding soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny will perform songs reflecting Elizabeth I’s marriage prevarications
  • Monteverdi’s Ballo delle ingrate and Blow’s Venus and Adonis, directed by Thomas Guthrie, and with street dance choreographed by J P Omari

‘In this of all years it only seems right to celebrate and explore Britain’s relationship with Europe over the centuries,’ said artistic director Deborah Roberts, ‘through programmes highlighting important events, collaborations and even conflicts of the past. Some of these stories will have a striking familiarity, and we are hoping to spark stimulating discussion and a sense of exploration as well as presenting a glorious selection of music from around Europe.’

Tickets are on sale from 10 September. For full listings, visit http://www.bremf.org.uk/

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