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Hastings International Piano Festival 2020

As you will have heard, our inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival is being curated to raise funds for our International Piano Concerto Competition. This exciting world-class two-week celebration of the piano will raise the profile and vital funds for the long term growth of our educational programme, as well as our competition. The Piano Festival will… Read more »

Molly Townson

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Molly Townson, our well-loved Chairman of Hastings International Music Festival. Molly was a central figure in the musical life of the Hastings area throughout her life as performer, teacher, musical director and in particular for her leadership of Hastings Musical Festival and Hastings International… Read more »

Managing Director’s Welcoming Event

We shall be hosting a very special event for Patrons and Volunteers at Bridge Point, Rye, the new International centre for conceptual and creative arts on Saturday 1st June. Patrons and Volunteers will be able to meet with me – Ian Roberts, your newly appointed Managing Director of The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and… Read more »

John Carter

We are saddened to report the death of our friend and colleague John Carter on 30thSeptember in the Conquest Hospital. Chairman Molly Townson writes: I first met John in 2009 when he appeared at my door having come to help me with the admin. of the HIPCC in its early days. From the moment he arrived… Read more »


CONGRATULATIONS to Our 2014 Second Prize Winner Yekwon Sunwoo who has won the Gold Medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and to our 2017 Winner Kenneth Broberg who won the Silver Medal.   Watch their Final Concerto performances here-

Gala Auction Items

Tickets are almost sold out for our July 1st Gala Night of Music and Dancing, but whether you are attending or not you can still bid on our online auction!   Bidding starts on June 17th but why not browse the auction items now! Whether its a holiday of a lifetime, a cookery class, a… Read more »

Spring Newsletter

Petula Clark CBE president of the Hastings International Musical Festival invites you to 1st July: A GALA NIGHT OF MUSIC AND DANCING at Fairlight Hall, Hastings 7pm hosted by BBC and Classic FM Presenter Bill Turnbull with silent and live auction in aid of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Music by: Buckswood Bagpipers HIPCC… Read more »