As I write this foreword in the middle of July, after three weeks of heatwave with temperatures reaching 32 degrees Centigrade it doesn’t seem possible that just four months ago the Festival experienced temperatures of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and less, making it the coldest Festival that I can remember. Last year I opened my foreword with the words ‘after three weeks of appalling weather’, this year we have had three weeks of wonderful sunshine. I can only hope that the weather during the Festival 2014 will change likewise!
2014 will be the centenary of the start of the 1st world war and we have special classes in singing and speech to mark the occasion. Next year HMF will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. What a milestone that will be, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, increased prize money and lots of additional events leading up to and around the Competiton. Be sure to catch our HMF weekend at the Stables Theatre on the 2nd and 3rd November with Masterclasses in both Piano and Singing.
Although there is a small sign of light at the end of the tunnel we are still in extremely demanding times financially. With this in mind the Executive Committee has once again kept the increase in entry fees to a minimum, just 20p for juniors and 30p for seniors. As always, in cases of hardship, please speak in confidence to the General Secretary who on behalf of the Executive Committee will do her utmost to help.
Every year I say to you all ‘This is your Festival. if you have any suggestions, comments, complaints or concerns, I can only help if you let me have details’. The AGM is on 6th September at 7.30pm. Please come along and take part. You have to be a member to vote but everybody can have their say on Festival matters – you will be listened to. HMF needs your participation so that together we can improve our Festival as we move forward. This will be my last Festival as General Secretary, and the time for someone with new ideas and new challenges to take over from me.. Lets make HMF 2014 a memorable event.
My usual reminders PLEASE:
Read the regulations carefully. They do change from year to year.
Be sure that your entry is received by the closing date, 13th November 2013. Remember that there is no guarantee that entries after that date will be accepted , although late entries may, in some circumstances, be accepted at the discretion of the Executive committee on payment of a double fee. PLEASE NOTIFY THE FESTIVAL OFFICE OF ANY WITHDRAWALS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
Remember that what you wear, the way you look, and the way you approach the stage and introduce you performance are all taken into consideration by the adjudicator.
As always I wish you the very best of luck.
ALL DANCE TEACHERS - PLEASE NOTE.
The time limits for all disciplines in the 10 year old dance categories are incorrect in the programme. All dance classes for aged 10years should read 1.5 minutes except character which should read 2mins. Please accept my apology for this error and any confusion that it may have caused.
SINGERS PLEASE NOTE
Brenda Bailey, General Secretary.
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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