LIFEM | 10-13 November 2021

Our Story


The London International Festival of Early Music is one of the largest and most inclusive early music festivals in the world. The festival began in 1973 and was first hosted at the Royal College of Music. The event moved to the Royal Horticultural Halls, and Greenwich, before finally finding its home at Blackheath Halls, in London’s oldest surviving purpose-built cultural venue.

The festival attracts a network of vibrant artists, early music enthusiasts and supporters. In 2020, LIFEM was delighted to appoint experienced contemporary music publisher and promoter, Gill Graham, as inaugural Artistic Director. Gill brings a wealth of experience to the LIFEM projects and is programming her first full festival in 2021.

In 2020, we were faced with unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19, and were required to adapt and innovate to achieve LIFEM’s goals. We took an innovative approach to the restriction imposed by the pandemic, and welcomed world-renowned concert artists and a global audience to our first digital festival – LIFEM: Digital.

In 2021 we intend to host a conventional Festival and Exhibition in Blackheath, London.

For information contact ann@lifem.org. Thank you for your interest and for supporting LIFEM.