Hastings International Piano Festival
Presented by the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition
White Rock Theatre and St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
Wed 26 Feb - Sun 8 Mar
The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has evolved from its earliest days as part of Hastings Music Festival to become an internationally-renowned competition for young concert pianists from around the world, attracting 170 applicants in 2019 across global auditions, 40 of which came to compete in Hastings. Their prize: the opportunity to perform with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on our two-night final and to win a first prize of £15,000.
The inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival will take place in February/March 2020 as the concerto competition moves to every other year.Read more
Hastings International Piano Festival is being curated to raise funds for both our planned programme of educational outreach opportunities for children and young people in Hastings, Rye and the East Sussex surrounding area and our globally respected International Piano Concerto Competition. The piano festival is a multi-genre celebration of the piano involving pop, classical, jazz and contemporary musicians and singer/songwriters, and will produce world class concerts while maintaining a focus on engaging with and giving learning opportunities to young people in the south coast Sussex region during the festival 2 week period.
The festival offers free tickets, workshops and music making masterclasses for children and young people, whilst maintaining a programme of headline performances. The festival aims to raise funds for the The Piano Concerto Competition of which will return in February/March 2021, with the website open for entries in Spring 2020.
Full Festival Line-up
White Rock Theatre
An Evening with Guy Chambers
Wed 26 Feb 7pm
The acclaimed songwriter and producer performs piano interpretations of his many hits and tells the anecdotes and stories behind them.
Reuben James and Band with support from Marie White
Thu 27 Feb 7.30pm
Singer, songwriter and pianist, best known for his ongoing collaborations with Sam Smith. Support from Hastings’ own Glastonbury emerging artist Marie White.
Rufus Wainwright with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Fri 28 Feb 7pm
One of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gala Concert: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
with Martin James Bartlett, Fumiya Koido and Sylvia Jiang
Sat 29 Feb 7pm
Our Resident Orchestra is joined by the BBC Young Musician Of The Year, and two of our 2019 Hastings Piano Concerto Competition Prizewinners.
The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin, with Lucy Parham, Patricia Hodge, and Alex Jennings -
Sun 1 Mar 3pm
An evening of words and music scripted and adapted from letters and diaries chronicling the romantic life of one the greatest and most popular composers for solo piano.
St Mary in the Castle
Silent Movie Night
‘Beggars of Life’ with live accompaniment from The Dodge Brothers featuring Mark Kermode and Neil Brand
Wed 4 Mar 7.30pm
Renowned film critic Kermode joins his bandmates and acclaimed composer Brand for a musical accompaniment to ‘Beggars of Life’.
An evening of Jazz with Claire Martin OBE and friends
Thu 5 Mar 7.30pm
Award-winning singer Claire Martin is joined by friends and fellow musicians for an evening of Jazz.
An Evening with Rachel Portman OBE
Fri 6 Mar 7.30pm
An evening exploring the career of the composer and Academy Award Winner, to include performances with two local young pianists who have had the opportunity to work alongside Rachel.
The Puppini Sisters with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Sat 7 Mar 7.30pm
Gorgeous close harmonies, impeccable fashion sense and trailblazing re-workings of pop and classic songs, all accompanied by the famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra.
Festival pass: £200
Includes all performances in selected seats. Save over £57.
Please contact the box office to book.
White Rock Theatre
An Evening with Guy Chambers: £22.50, £27.50, £32.50
Reuben James and Band with support from Marie White: £17.50, £22.50, £27.50
Rufus Wainwright with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: £47.50, £52.50, £62.50, £82.50 (VIP)
Gala Concert: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Martin James Bartlett, Fumiya Koido and Sylvia Jiang: £22.50, £27.50, £42.50, £82.50 (VIP)
Nocturne: The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin, with Lucy Parham, Patricia Hodge, and Alex Jennings: £22.50, £27.50, £42.50, £82.50 (VIP)
St Mary in the Castle
Silent Movie Night: ‘Beggars of Life’ with live accompaniment from The Dodge Brothers featuring Mark Kermode and Neil Brand: £22.50 (balcony), £27.50 (stalls), £37.50 (boxes to include VIP interval drink)
An evening of Jazz with Claire Martin OBE and friends: £22.50 (balcony), £27.50 (stalls), £42.50 (boxes to include VIP interval drink)
An Evening with Rachel Portman OBE: £12.50 (balcony), £17.50 (stalls), £27.50 (boxes to include VIP interval drink)
The Puppini Sisters with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra: £27.50 (unallocated tickets with standing area)
Where applicable fees and charges are included in the stated ticket prices. An optional postage fee may apply. Fee-free booking for White Rock Friends; Groups of 8+ please call 01424 462288 to buy fee-free.