Brighton Early Music Festival

Elin Manahan Thomas

Brighton Early Music Festival offers Sussex readers a choice of 15 top-class concerts within easy reach during October and November, including 4 daytime performances. This year’s festival, which brings 700 years of music from 17 European countries to Brighton, has the timely theme “Europe – Connection, division, collaboration and chaos”.

The main festival (26th October to 11th November) includes a performance by Royal Wedding soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, with Elizabeth Kenny, of lute songs from the court of Elizabeth I in a lunchtime programme (27 October), music from the 13th century Lewes Priory Breviary (28 October); a royal wedding party for Prince Adolf and Princess Ulrika of Sweden (2 November); music for peace to celebrate Armistice Day (11 November) and a double bill of Italian and English opera, updated for the 21st century with contemporary dance (6–8 November).

Full information and online booking is available at, with phone bookings via Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273 709709).


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