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 now 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 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 to keep the class entry fees without increase which we hope will prove to be of benefit to all our entrants (and don't forget the '5 for 4' offer). Secondly, that 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 received by the Hastings Musical Festival.
Our 2014 initiative of First World War singing and poetry classes proved popular, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Hastings in attendance. We have decided to keep these classes throughout the commemorative years, and again all entry fees for these classes will be donated to the Royal British Legion. Please read about these classes in the Syllabus and see if you would like to take part in 2015. With songs and poetry and costume of the era, it is sure to be an enjoyable and memorable evening.
Our Hastings International Piano Competition, now in its 11th year, continues from strength to strength, and we can also look forward to our 3rd Priory Meadow Piano Event which has captured the imagination of everyone. So book your playing slots early!
Lots of entries are coming in daily for our Dancing, Singing, Instumental and Drama classes, as we look forward to a vibrant 2015 Festival.
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.
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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