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Tuesday 13 April 2021

Major Award From The Culture Recovery Fund Helps Brighton Early Music Festival To Kickstart A Summer Season Of Outdoor Events

Brighton Early Music Festival has received a grant of more than £50,000 which will enable the Festival to stage a Summer Season of outdoor events in June, bringing live music back to Brighton audiences and providing much needed employment for freelance musicians and other artists. 

The grant from the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund will help to kickstart several events that will take place at Royal Spa Nursery School in Queen's Park, where audiences will be able to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets, and enjoy the performance in a socially distanced outdoor setting. 

Details are being finalised for seven programmes which will combine music, dance and storytelling under the Festival's 2021 theme of Myths and Legends. 

The grant will also enable the Festival to develop its video channel as a home for early and traditional music films, bringing high quality content to audiences around the UK and across the globe.


Deborah Roberts,  Artistic Director of Brighton Early Music Festival said:

"We are delighted to have been awarded this grant to enable us to bring live music back to Brighton this summer. 

"Our Summer Season at Royal Spa will enable us to explore myths and ancient legends from a range of traditions including North India, with all events staged live but also filmed for broadcast via our digital channels later in the year. 

"We are determined to continue to grow and develop the Festival in new ways in response to the challenges of the past year, and this grant enables us to provide vital support for artists who have in many cases faced months without work."

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. 

After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Full details will be published on the Festival website at bremf.org.uk with tickets expected to go on sale in early May.

by: Mike Cobley




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