Updates to Syllabus
The following minor changes apply to the Singing section of the Syllabus:
- In the Section notes, "Wednesday 16th, Main Hall" should say "School Choirs Day" instead of "Choirs Day"
- Class 2062 is for under 16s and not under 18s as originally stated
- Class 2144: set song is by "Ivor Gurney", not "Peter Warlock" as stated
- Class 2334 should say "Age 9 and under 14", not under 15
- Class 2377 should say "Any age, 7 minute programme"
The website and downloadable version of the Syllabus have been updated to reflect these corrections.
The Syllabus for the 2016 Festival is now available in print and can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here.
The 2016 Entry Form can be downloaded by clicking here
Please note that the closing date for entries is
18 November 2015
Please check back here for notes on late changes.
A Note from Petula Clarke
How the time flies!
Another great Festival by the sea.
I don`t know yet if I`ll be back in the UK 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.
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Chairman's Report 2015 - 2016
Our hard working Section Secretaries continue in their roles, with our thanks going to Julie Dengate for a successful five years of service as Dancing Secretary, and a welcome to Vicki Milford as she moves back from her work as Safeguarding Officer to run the Dancing Section again. This leaves us needing a new Safeguarding Officer, and anyone interested in the role should please contact our General Secretary.
We now have a new General Secretary in David Hooper who is taking to the role with confidence and enthusiasm. Whilst welcoming David, we thank Heather Spence for her excellent year in the role, and look forward to her continued support. We also welcome Eric Connor who has taken on the responsibility of meeting the IT needs of a Festival as big as ours. We have to thank Brenda Bailey for her loyal and demanding work as Treasurer, and we welcome Neil Curtis as he joins the team of volunteers in this all important role.The 110th year of the Hastings Musical Festival has brought many changes, and with several new personnel on board the Festival continues to develop and flourish.
Because of an anonymous donation from a loyal supporter of many years we have been able to keep fees for 2016 from any significant increase, and even to reduce many across the disciplines.
Exciting innovations for 2016 will include a Saturday Folk Fest with special guest Shirley Collins MBE, as our adjudicator. Shirley is known to many as "the Queen of English folk singing". As well as our popular solo folk song classes, we are adding classes for folk groups including instrumentalists and singers. We are also introducing to our young classical instrumentalists the opportunity to become Hastings Young Musician of the Year, and we have re-shaped our Gold Medal Singing class in the hope of attracting new entrants. There are new classes in all sections including new groups for Contemporary Dance.
We are also hoping to expand our Rock Fest as it grows in popularity, and this year our Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will climax in two evenings of Finals with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Last but not least, we plan to re-invent our Final Festival Concert in the hope that it might once more enjoy the sort of audience that used to attend this prestigious event when our Special Trophies are presented and we celebrate the very best of our annual Festival.
The thanks of the Executive Committee go to all our Officers, to all our volunteers, and to all our Members. If you have not attended the Annual General Meeting before, please consider joining us this year, so that we can take into account the views of our members.
Chairman, Hastings Musical Festival
Help with the Festival
If you would like to help out with the Festival, please complete the Recruitment Form. You will need to provide contact details for 2 referees. Volunteers should also read the Child Protection Policy here.
If you are already registered as a helper and are available to help with the 2016 Festival, please complete and return the Helpers' Reply Form, which can be downloaded here.