PREVIEW: Brighton’s midsummer music season

Brian Butler June 20, 2022

Those always-innovative folk at Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) have a varied and eclectic set of offerings indoors and out next weekend.

Highlights include: In Transit To The Baroque on 24 June at the glorious St Bartholomew’s  Church. A new style of singing emerged in Florence in 1600, and this concert tells a parallel story about instrumental music of the period, including a feast of toccatas and fantasias. The early evening concert is followed by Transiting The Night Hours by BREMF’s Consort Of Voices, directed by Deborah Roberts, delivering  sacred music and chants from monastic services – you can drop in or stay a longer course ino the night.

On 25 June the scene moves to the Royal Spa in Queen’s Park where there will be two events. Endo The Earthworm is a family show with puppets and music for nature lovers of all ages. It can all be seen at the Crew Club in Whitehawk. Later in the day you can catch Bailemos! by the ever-popular group Joglaresa, accompanied by Brighton Community Choir. Get your dancing shoes on for a concert that will literally be electrifying- celebrating nuns, knights and roses,with songs of sin and subversion.

Folk In Transition is also at the Royal Spa. From the British Isles to the New World, Brighton folk trio Hope Cove, present traditional ballads, Irish jigs, Scottish reels and Appalachian bluegrass. The Spa is also the venue next weekend for a workshop and concert called the Daksha Yagna. It’s a menu of Indian music and dance, based on a powerful story from the Hindu scriptures.

And finally Eliza Is The Fairest Queen gives us popular songs from the reigns of both our queens called Elizabeth, with 17h century songs mingling with hits from Vera Lynn, Aretha Franklin and The Beatles – quite a Royal mashup!

More information and tickets HERE