The inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival is proud to have won Arts Council funding to support their 2020 youth engagement offers, with further support offered by the Magdalen and Lasher Charity.

The funding will support three educational projects during the 2020 Hastings International Piano Festival, which takes place from February 26th – 8th March at the White Rock Theatre and St Mary in the Castle.

Youth Songwriting Masterclass

BRIT Award winning songwriter Guy Chambers will host the class at the White Rock Theatre, Hastings on Wednesday 26th February 4pm-5pm, ahead of Guy’s evening concert. The award winning songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for his work with Robbie Williams, will guide young artists through the fundamentals of songwriting. Young songwriters are also invited to submit one of their pieces for consideration, a number of which will be selected by Guy who will invite composers onto stage to discuss their work. Free tickets are available now at hastingsinternationalpiano.org. Songs to be submitted to [email protected]

Interactive Piano Concert for 7-11 year Olds and Their Families

The second Arts Council England supported project, also supported by the Magdalen and Lasher Charity, is hosted by the Kids Concert Company on Sunday 8th March at 3pm at St Mary in the Castle. Children in the audience will be given the opportunity to sing, dance, draw, improvise and explore mindful practice while listening to wonderful music played by world-class musicians. Free tickets are available now at hastingsinternationalpiano.org..

Jazz Singing Workshops

Ahead of her festival concert on March 5th, one of Europe’s most renowned jazz vocalists, Claire Martin OBE, will present 4 workshops with local primary schools, and with Eggtooth Project and White Rock Theatre Youth Theatre.

These projects are part of a range of Youth Engagement Opportunities that Hastings International Piano is offering alongside the inaugural Piano Festival. These opportunities include free tickets to many of the festival concerts as well as various workshops, school visits and talks from the international artists.

The Inaugural 2020 Hastings International Piano Festival will take place from February 26th – 8th March 2020 at the White Rock Theatre and St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, featuring some of the most celebrated performers. Find full details here.

More on HIPF funding here.


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