Welcome to Hastings International Musical Festival

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Hastings Musical Festival in its 109th year, is one of the biggest and most prestigious 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 White Rock Theatre on the sea front of historic Hastings.


Please Read. New entry regulations ...

Parents should be aware that for the 2018 Festival the Executive Committee of HIMF will be implementing new rules regarding the licensing of children taking part. The National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) no longer considers festivals to be competitions. Since 2015 they have been regarded as performances. The Executive Committee must therefore comply with the regulations of the NNCEE and also the requirements of East Sussex County Council.

Where an individual entrant/child (up to and including year 11) attends a local authority school an individual license is required. The Festival will apply for the license but will forward Part ll of the forms for completion and signing by the parent. A copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport and authorisation from the Headteacher (where school absence is necessary) must also be submitted with the Part ll along with two passport size photos (photos can be scanned and saved to the Part ll application also).

Where an individual child attends an Academy, Free school or an Independent school and is missing school time, they can be covered by The Hastings Festival BOPA (Body of Persons) group licence, as long as the Headteacher has authorised the absence and we are in receipt of a copy of this. NB. Where a group is from a school (all schools) and under the supervision of teachers no license is required. The School is responsible for this as part of a school trip.

Parents should also note that there will be enhanced safeguarding evident at all competitions. Festival chaperones will be present in both halls and surrounding areas of the theatre to ensure the safety of all children. These new procedures will take some getting used to but I know that I can rely on your patience and goodwill.

A Message from our President, Petula Clark CBE

Petula Clarke, President of Hastings Musical Festival

Petula Clarke CBE, President of Hastings Musical Festival

Welcome to Sussex by the sea!

The wonderful Hastings International Musical Festival comes but once a year, and is quite simply unmissable!

Where else can you hear such a varied program, performed by the very best.

All of this by the glorious seaside sounds perfect to me!

Thank you for supporting this special event - just by being here.


Love. Petula

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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 2018.
The Festival Office, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, TN34 1JX