Hastings Musical Festival

Welcome to Hastings Musical Festival

Hastings Musical Festival in its 109th year, is one of the biggest and best well known in the country, a member festival of the International Federation of Festivals of Music, Drama and Dance, of which her Majesty the Queen is Patron. Hastings Musical Festival is a registered charity, and as such its two main focuses are the providing of excellent performance opportunities for all ages with adjudication of specialists in their field, and also the awarding annually of grants to young performers as they continue into further studies in College/Conservatoire in their chosen discipline, whilst its International Piano Concerto Competition brings young pianists from around the world. The Festival takes place annually during more than three weeks of March in the prestigious White Rock Theatre on the sea front of historic Hastings.

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 Message from our President, Petula Clark CBE

Petula Clarke, President of Hastings Musical Festival

Petula Clarke CBE, President of Hastings Musical Festival

Welcome all to the Festival !!!

Once again, we can expect some magical musical moments, and all here by the sparkling sea in Hastings!

What could be lovelier!

I will do my very best to be there with you !  If I can’t , my love will be there – as always.

Enjoy this wonderful and unique gathering of international and ‘home-grown’ talent, and thank you for your support.

Love Petula x

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The Hastings Musical Festival Limited 167243 England. Charity Number 261351.

Festival Office opening hours are:
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 2016.
The Festival Office, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, TN34 1JX