In common with many arts organisations Brighton Early Music Festival have had to postpone the concert planned for this evening 21st March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead they will post a virtual concert on the BREMF homepage and the BREMF Facebook page. It will be available from 7.30pm on Saturday 21 March (the original performance date), and will stay on the BREMF homepage until the following Saturday.
This will NOT be the programme planed to be performed live as they cannot bring the musicians together. They have selected a playlist of renaissance music for voices and brass taken from their own film archive of previous BREMF performances featuring The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and BREMF Consort of Voices, as well as some extra items from ECSE. It will still feature some of the same composers but there will also be some surprises from some of their most spectacular past performances.
As part of this online event – for which access is not restricted – BREMF are appealing to everyone to help us support the musicians who have lost work due to the cancellation of the live event (and many others – this is the tip of the iceberg). They have refunded all ticket monies for this concert, but we’re asking the community to consider donating all or part of the £18 ticket price to enable BRMF to pay the musicians at this difficult time.
There is a dedicated page for donations here
Any surplus will be donated to the Help Musicians charity to help all musicians in these unprecedented circumstances.