By Jenny Griffiths 

Hastings Musical Festival has been going since 1908 – that’s 112 years! We are certainly not going to let Covid defeat us. However, because of the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty we have decided to run the 2021 Hastings Musical Festival as a virtual festival. 

We will be running most of our classes in all four sections – Dancing, Singing, Instrumental and Speech and Drama – and will have independent and experienced adjudicators as usual. But one big difference is that entries will be recordings sent into the festival by competitors, who will be able to view the other performances in their class online. 

We hope to be able to hold a highlights concert later in the year, if Covid restrictions allow, and certainly plan to be back in the White Rock Theatre again for the 2022 Festival.

The 2021 festival will be an unusual one, but we are doing what we can to ensure that the performers in the Hastings area have the opportunity to compete and get as close as we can manage to the usual rewarding Festival experience. The festival has been open for entries from the beginning of this month so it’s time to think about getting involved.

And to make 2021 special we are also adding extra virtual classes in choreography, composition and even a class for pipe organs.There are also new classes for drummers so lots of opportunities for all.

Please support us with this exciting initiative!  

Visit our website for more information on how to enter and upload your videos and music scores. 

Hastings Musical Festival does not get any funding and this year will not have any ticket money so please help us by sponsoring the 2021 Festival if you can. For more information email me on [email protected]

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