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2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Countdown
Continues With Announcement of International Jury Chaired by Professor Vanessa Latarche
Also Announced is Patron of The Newly Established Royal College of Music Prince Consort Orchestra His Serene Highness Dr Donatus, Prince Von Hohenzollern.
With competitors from more than 40 countries, a record number of entries and two
orchestras accompanying both semi-finalists and finalists, the sixteenth prestigious Has-tings International Piano Concerto Competition will take place for the first time in both Rye
and Hastings from 24th February to 5th March 2022.
For more details see https://www.facebook.com/HastingsConcertoCompetition/
The sixteenth prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will take place for the first time in both Rye and in Hastings from 24th February to 5th March 2022.
Due to heating difficulties at St Mary in the Castle, which could not be sufficiently rectified and the lack of availability of The White Rock Theatre, Hastings International Piano have made the decision to move round one of the competition to Rye Creative Centre.
The second round, semi-final and finals of the competition will then return to Hastings and take place at The White Rock Theatre.
Hastings International Piano is delighted to announce that a unique partnership has been agreed with The Royal College of Music to create a graduate orchestra, administered in Hastings to offer Royal College of Music graduates orchestral training and paid
performance opportunities during the concerto competition semi-finals and throughout
the year. We are also thrilled that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will return to accompany our finalists during our two-night Final. Steinway and Sons, the most prestigious piano maker in the world was recently announced as the piano sponsor for the next concerto competition.
Tickets for all rounds of the competition at both venues in Rye and Hastings can be purchased from The White Rock Theatre Box Office from :
Monday 22 November: Presale for Friends & Patrons of Hastings International Piano
Wednesday 24 November: Public Booking Opens
Ministry of Sound invites you to relive the greatest dance music of all time with a new live concert at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Friday 26th November 2021. Bringing the magic of timeless club hits, this show combines high-energy anthems with a full orchestra to create the ultimate party experience.
This breathtaking event is Ministry of Sound’s first ever fully produced classical music show. Alongside the biggest dance tracks reimagined by The London Concert Orchestra, there will be special guest live vocalists and a set from DJ Danny Rampling – one of the original founders of the UK’s rave / club scene.
All this against a backdrop of large screen visuals, lights, lasers, special effects and a live-scored documentary featuring Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold, Brandon Block and key Ministry of Sound players including Justin Berkmann and Lohan Presencer.
The show spans chart-topping albums with huge tracks getting a never heard before classical remake. Expect to hear iconic club favourites such as Faithless’Insomnia, The Chemical Brothers’ Hey Boy Hey Girl, Darude’s Sandstorm, Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now, Moloko’s Sing It Back and so many more.
Edward Gilroy, Managing Partner of Coastal Events said “It’s been a tough time for most people over the past two years, especially those of us who are passionate about dancing to live music; that’s why we are so excited to be bringing this massive show to the south coast. The De La Warr Pavilion is a stunning venue and I can’t wait for the people of Sussex to get their raving buddies together for this awe-inspiring event; clubland classics meets classical in this high-energy concert that is going to be endless fun!”
Oxford Lieder Concert Series return to Fairlight Hall, Hastings this November with a concert from James Atkinson Baritone and Sholto Kynoch (piano).
Sunday 7 November 11am
Tickets £15 include coffee and cake and can be booked from fairlighthall.co.uk
Fairlight Hall concert series, in collaboration with Oxford Lieder, resumes with the outstanding young baritone James Atkinson. At Oxford Lieder’s online Spring Weekend in February 2021, The Times wrote of James: ‘This young man is still in his final year at the Royal College of Music, but so confident was his stage manner and command of Schubert’s music… that he proclaimed himself a natural lieder singer and linguist, savouring the words almost as idiomatically as a native German speaker, his lovely lyric baritone responding to the words with invigorating warmth. As a recitalist he’s clearly a name to watch.’
St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings
Friday 22nd October 7.30PM
Saturday 23rd October 7.30PM
Sunday 24th October 4PM
Composer: ORLANDO GOUGH
Librettist: STEPHEN PLAICE
Director: POLLY GRAHAM
Artistic Director: JENNY MILLER
Conductor: CHRISTOPHER STARK
Assistant conductor: MARK AUSTIN
We invite you to experience our new ‘people’s opera’ BLOOM BRITANNIA, an affectionate, comic opera bringing together influences from folk, pop and jazz. An opera, but not as you know it!
10th October – 7.30pm – The Izzard Theatre, Bexhill
The first performance on 10th October will include two new works.
Flute Concerto composed by Kenneth Roberts with the soloist Daisy Noton, BBC young Musician of the Year 2020 finalist.
The ‘As You Like It’ Concert suite by Peter Lapham, a setting of Shakespearean songs for tenor solo, chorus and orchestra.
PLUS a programme of all-British music including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Novello and Sullivan.
Conducted by Kenneth Roberts
This inaugural gala event will be held at The Izzard Theatre at Bexhill College, chosen for its excellent acoustics, theatrical atmosphere and superb facilities.
The venue also has a large free car park.
One of Brian’s great interests was poetry and throughout the years he wrote a large amount of his own verse. Covering a range of subjects and styles his writing would often be a very personal response to his own experiences and wider concerns and situations. Several books have been published and the latest of these has recently been published posthumously. A Lark in Lockdown is an autobiographical collection drawing together past musical experience with links to his weekly Hastings Observer columns. Priced £6.50 & plus please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase a copy.
In addition Brian’s widow, Sally, has created a website to highlight some of his work and to make his poetry available to a wider audience. The website can be found here.
Before lockdown the orchestra pulled off a major coup in appointing one of the world’s leading musicians, Joanna MacGregor CBE as their new Music Director. COVID delayed her first season, but one year on her exciting programme is being re-instated at Brighton Dome Concert Hall and other venues across the city.
COVID-19 has not thwarted Joanna from producing a wonderful programme for the BPO featuring the Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Ravel but also including film, folk music and Argentinian tango. The orchestra can’t wait to get back on stage to fire up audiences once more.
The 2021/22 season is Joanna MacGregor’s first season with the BPO and alongside the usual Brighton Dome Concert Hall events Joanna has programmed a number of chamber music concerts featuring the orchestra’s star players at Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and St Luke’s Church (Queens Park).