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. Earlier this year, 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 will programme her first full festival in 2021, although her presence is already influencing this year’s event.
New-age ventures for age-old early music
Faced with unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, we have been required to adapt and innovate to achieve LIFEM’s goals. We are proud to be one of a number of festivals to have taken an innovative approach to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. This year we are pleased to welcome world-renowned concert artists and a global audience, to our first digital festival - LIFEM: Digital.
To bring you all the usual events, as well as newly-devised content, LIFEM: Digital will run for a full week, from Thursday 5th to Wednesday 11th November, 2020. The event will continue to bring you live concerts from both leading artists and young performers in LIFEM’s Young Ensemble Competition. These concerts will be accompanied by 24 hour access to our Performers’ Platforms and our unique digital feature, the Virtual Exhibition.