EAST MEETS WEST and a celebration of the anniversaries of Purcell, Handel and Haydn
BRIGHTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009 East meets West Orient-inspired Brighton forms the perfect setting for a fabulous fusion of music and dance from East to West.
Highlights include: ◆ Joglaresa open the festival with Extasis, music from 13th-century Spain celebrating exuberant Sufi, Jewish and Christian devotion (Oct 23) ◆ Glorious Venice – the gateway to the East. In a spectacular multi-choir event, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and Brighton-launched 1607 Ensemble join three leading Brighton choirs in music by Gabrieli and Monteverdi (Oct 24) ◆ Renowned Thumri vocalist Purnima Chaudhuri joins members of Musica Secreta in the love songs of courtesans from India and Venice (Oct 25) ◆ Dazzling Eclipse in The court of a thousand dreams. An alchemy of Spanish cantigas, sephardic songs, legends and dance family friendly event (Nov 1 afternoon) Info/brochure: www.bremf.org.uk or 01273 833746 Painting after Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, by Gill Andrews 01872 870539 Design: Liz Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
◆ The Orlando Consort join leading Indian musicians in Mantra - a musical conversation across the Indian Ocean (Nov 6) ◆ Paris based Le Baroque Nomade with guest Chinese musicians perform Music from The Forbidden City in the sumptuous oriental music room of the Royal Pavilion (Nov 7)
Events celebrating the anniversaries of Purcell, Handel and Haydn include: ◆ Orchestral music by Haydn and Mozart with The BREMF Players led by Alison Bury (Oct 30) ◆ Handel’s Solomon with The BREMF Singers and The Brook Street Band (Oct 31) ◆ Respectable Groove revisit Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Dido’s really got the blues! family friendly event (Nov 8 afternoon) ◆ Emma Kirkby and The London Handel Players close the festival with Purcell, Handel and Haydn ‘at home’. (Nov 8)