Chris Butler, LIFEM Chair
Thank you to everyone who has enabled this year’s festival to be such a success! The highlights have been many and varied, from the Fretwork world premiere of John Paul Jones’s The Tudor Pull, the virtuosity of Mahan Esfahani and the musical time travel of Tabea Debus, to the joint winners of our young ensemble competition, Ensemble Hesperi and Ensemble Pro Victoria, and the participants in our Performers’ Platforms, culminating in today’s contribution from The Juilliard School. In addition our virtual exhibition hosted dozens of leading makers from around the world showcasing outstanding craftsmanship across a dazzling array of instruments.
Gill Graham, LIFEM Artistic Director
Attending concerts, meeting artists and promoting their work occupies the majority of my working life. Being in Blackheath, filming and hearing live music performed by six brilliant ensembles and soloists for the first time in as many months, held more meaning for me this year than any other. Bravo to them all and thanks to our audiences who continue to watch LIFEM: Digital and to the team who put it all together. See you all next year!
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All of our concert films were shown on the individual concert pages at the scheduled times and they remain available until 31 December.
The Performers’ Platforms series provides groups of young players the opportunity to showcase their talents to the early music community.
All of our Performers' Platforms recitals were released on the Performers' Platforms page at the scheduled times and they remain available until 31 December.
Young Ensemble Competition
The final of this year’s Early Music Young Ensemble Competition was streamed from the Competition page on Sunday 8 November at 1pm GMT, featuring MokkaBarock, Ensemble Pro Victoria and Ensemble Hesperi.
The competition final is available until 31 December.
LIFEM: Digital on BBC Radio 4
On Thursday 29 October, BBC Radio 4's Today programme featured prolific composer, producer and Led Zeppelin's legendary multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones. Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to John about The Tudor Pull, written for viol consort Fretwork to premiere on Thursday 5 November at the opening concert of LIFEM: Digital.
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.
LIFEM and Marquee TV come together for LIFEM: Digital
LIFEM announces a media partnership with leading arts and culture platform, Marquee TV.
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.
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.
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.