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Town gearing up for piano concerto competition

Volunteers for the 2014 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at the White Rock Theatre

Volunteers for the 2014 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at the White Rock Theatre

PREPARATIONS are almost complete for next week’s 10th Anniversary Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which starts on Monday (March 3).

The event, which has attracted more than 40 pianists from around the world, runs until Saturday, March 8 and will be held at the White Rock Theatre.

Among those competing are a wide variety of prizewinners from other well-known international competitions.

They include the winners of the Scottish International Piano Competition, The Sendai International Music Competition and the keyboard category of the BBC Young Musician.

All contestants will be given 25 minutes to play excerpts from their chosen concertos, with the orchestral part being played on a second piano.

There are morning, afternoon and evening sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all open to the public.

Six contestants will then go forward to the semi-final on Thursday, when they will each give a 25-minute recital of pieces of their own choice. Tickets cost £8.

The final will take place on Saturday, when the three finalists will play the whole of their chosen concerto accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Brian Wright.

The winner will receive a £10,000 prize plus the chance to play as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

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