LIFEM: Digital | 5-11 November 2020

London International Festival of Early Music

LIFEM: Digital | 5-11 November 2020

We are delighted to be going ahead with a full programme of world-class events and this year welcome renowned concert artists and a global audience to our first digital festival – LIFEM: Digital.


This year we are delighted to welcome Tabea DebusMahan Esfahani and Fretwork to LIFEM:Digital, plus we are proud to present the world premiere of The Tudor Pull by John Paul Jones.

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Virtual Exhibition

This year's virtual exhibition will be accompanied by makers' demonstrations, recitals & virtual workshop tours.

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Performers' Platforms

The Performers’ Platforms series provides groups of young players the opportunity to showcase their talents to the early music community.

Perfomers' Platforms

Young Ensemble Competition

This year’s Early Music Young Ensemble Competition, generously sponsored by the Rolex Institute, will take place virtually and finalist’s recitals will be streamed on our website during the week of LIFEM: Digital.


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Now more than ever, individual giving schemes are a hugely important financial lifeline to the festival. Please support us by making a donation to this year's free festival.

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October 2020

John Paul Jones meets consort of viols

In one of the more eye and ear catching new music stories of 2020 the London International Festival of Early Music, LIFEM is proud to announce the world premiere performance of The Tudor Pull written for viol consort Fretwork by prolific composer, producer and Led Zeppelin’s legendary multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones.


October 2020

LIFEM and Marquee TV come together for LIFEM: Digital

LIFEM announces a media partnership with leading arts and culture platform, Marquee TV.


July 2020

The show must go on... online

With global pandemic, 90% of UK festivals will not take place this year, according to the Association of Independent Festivals. LIFEM decides to embrace the digital festival.


January 2020

LIFEM confirms lineup for 2020 festival

LIFEM commissions a new work for viols by John Paul Jones. Fretwork are confirmed to premiere the new piece at LIFEM 2020. Concerts are also confirmed for Mahan Esfahani and Tabea Debus.


November 2019

Huge success at LIFEM's 2019 festival in Blackheath

Alongside the traditional, global exhibition of instrument makers, LIFEM '19 hosts stand-out concerts from; Solomon's Knot, Red Priest, Palisander and Elizabeth Kenny.

Listen to highlights from LIFEM 2019 on BBC Radio 3's Early Music Show.

Click here to listen