LIFEM | 10-13 November 2021

Performers' Platforms

Members of Juilliard415 performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Photo by Paula Lobo.


The Performers’ Platforms series provides groups of young players the opportunity to showcase their talents to the early music community. This year, we are excited to unite a global audience with young performers from across the world.

During the festival you will be able to enjoy video recitals of these performances, with a 30-minute programme of early music from a number of ensembles and soloists.

We are excited to be joined by young artists from the following prestigious institutions.

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Juilliard’s full-scholarship Historical Performance program offers a two-year immersion in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. Thanks to the generous support of Bruce and Suzie Kovner, the program offers a high-profile concert season of opera, orchestral, and chamber music and an academic curriculum focused on the study of historical sources, theory, and practice taught by a faculty of leading performers and scholars in the field. 
Juilliard415, the school’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has made significant contributions to musical life in New York and beyond, bringing major figures in the field of early music to lead performances of both rare and canonical works by composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.  

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is a world-class institution providing exceptional training for musicians, actors, stage managers and performers of the future. Our outstanding facilities attract the best and brightest students to Birmingham, along with internationally renowned performers and teachers. The Conservatoire’s Historical Performance department trains musicians in the performance of early music using instruments and styles from the 16th to 19thcenturies.

The Royal College of Music Junior Department offers advanced training to young musicians aged 8 – 18, providing individually-tailored programmes of instrument/voice/composition lessons, supported by chamber music, orchestra, choir and musicianship classes. Some 350 students attend the College each Saturday, travelling from as far afield as Tyneside, Manchester, York, Germany, Ireland and Spain. RCMJD students enjoy a wealth of performance opportunities and have recently featured at the BBC Proms as well as other regular appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, St James’s Piccadilly, the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Sadlers Wells Theatre, 606 Club, The Globe, House of Lords, Cadogan Hall and at Sandringham for RCM President, HRH The Prince of Wales.

The RCMJD Baroque and Recorder Ensembles meet for just one hour’s rehearsal each term time Saturday under the expert direction of Rebecca Austen-Brown, Jane Chapman and Juliette Giocacchini. Since lockdown they have rehearsed almost entirely online, with just two on-campus rehearsals in recent weeks to prepare their performances for the LIFEM. Their ages range between 12 and 18 and the majority will progress to Conservatoires to continue their musical studies.

The University of Arts of Cuba (Spanish: Universidad de las Artes de Cuba, formerly Instituto Superior de Arte) is a university located in Havana, Cuba. It was founded on September 1, 1976 and has four faculties.

Second-year Trinity Choral Scholar Lizzie Robbings returns to Chapel to sing works by Henry Purcell accompanied on the harpsichord by Harrison Cole. Programme running order: If Music be the food of love, Z.379 The Fatal hour comes on apace, Z.241 The Indian Queen, Z.630, Act III: I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly in Vain Pausanius, the Betrayer of his Country, Z.585: Sweeter than roses Not All My Torments Can Your Pity Move, Z.400 Oh! Fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z.402 Olinda in the Shades Unseen, Z404 Tell me, some pitying angel, Z.196, “The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation”.

The Side By Side Project

Students from the early music department of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague perform shoulder to shoulder with the renowned Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and Hidemi Suzuki.  

The combined energy of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and the passionate students of the early music department ensure that this annual project is one of the highlights of the season. Over the years, Side by Side has been a life-changing experience for many students, and an inspiring musical event for the audience.