Chairman's Welcome to the 2015 Hastings Musical Festival
We approach the 2015 Festival with new faces in our team. Our new General Secretary is Heather Spence, and our new Singing Section Secretary is Maxine Roach, both of whom we are delighted to have on board, and we wish them well. At the same time we welcome on to the Executive Committee Lesley Moore, past HMF Gold Medal Singer, who has recently completed nine years as secretary of the Singing Section.
I'm happy to tell you that two important decisions for 2015 have been taken by the Executive Committee. Firstly class entry fees were kept without increase for 2015. Secondly, Membership Fees have been reduced, hoping that more of you will decide to support the Festival in this way and enjoy the benefits. These decisions have been possible because of an unexpected bequest gratefully received by the Hastings Musical Festival.
Our 2014 initiative of First World War singing and poetry classes continue this year and throughout the commemorative years of the Great War, and we look forward to a memorable evening again with the Mayor of Hastings and representatives of the Royal British Legion in attendance. Once again all entry fees for these classes will be donatted to the Royal British Legion.
Our Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, now in its 11th year, continues from strength to strength, and our 3rd Priory Meadow Piano Event which has captured the imagination of everyone will open the 2015 Festival.
With excellent entries across the board in Dancing, Singing, Instrumental and Drama, as well as our Choirs Day, our Primary School Music Making morning, and our Vocal Pops and Rock sessions and much more we look forward to a vibrant 2015 Festival.
The Festivla will conclude with our Festival Spectacular Event, when highlights of the three week Festival will be on show. Remember that all children under 16 pay only £1 per ticket, so bring the family! This is always a wonderful evening, and the many talented young performers who have won places in this Concert deserve your support. Please come and enjoy it with us.
My thanks to many people, inlcuding our loyal band of volunteers, who make the Hastings Musical Festival happen.
As ever we need you, as friends of the Hastings Musical Festival, to come and perform, to come and enjoy the performances of others, and to spread the word to everyone you know.
I look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Festival.
How the time flies!
Another great Festival by the sea.
I don`t know yet if I`ll be back in the U K for this special event .
However, my thoughts will be with you wherever I am.
I know it will be exciting, as always.
All good wishes to all concerned.
Hastings Musical Festival in the News
Christopher Hope's column lists our Festival amongst other events and celebrations of the Queen's 60th anniversary.
Full story at Telegraph.co.uk
Maria Mazo's live performance of Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (Danse Infernale, Berceuse, Finale) arranged by Guido Agosti. Maria was the winner of the 2005 International Piano Concerto Competition.
The 2015 Programme is now at the printer.
To download a copy, please click here.
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Please note that the Festival Office opening day has changed:
The first Wednesday of the month between 10.30 & 11.30am until September 1st,
after which the office will be open each Wednesday from 10.30am till 12.30pm
until the end of March 2015.
The Festival Office, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, TN34 1JX