Musicians invited to apply for top festival

Applications are being invited for musicians across the county to take part in the annual Bexhill Festival of Music next year.

Festival organisers are asking anyone who would like to be included in the official programme to come forward.

Tony Mansi, chairman of trustees and festival organiser, said: “If any Bexhill organisation, community group, church, business, or individual, organise their own musical event during the month of June 2015, they can be included in our festival brochure and marketing, free of charge.”

Bexhill Festival of Music was founded in 2007 by Tony and the De La Warr Pavilion, together with volunteers from local schools, Bexhill Schools Consortium and East Sussex Music Service.

The festival aims to further Bexhill’s identity as a cultural destination while celebrating the rich talent of its community.

It also aims to bring world-class performers to Bexhill, with organisers hoping to provide a welcome boost to local and regional tourism.

In 2009 Bexhill Festival of Music was granted charity status.

Since then it has now grown into an established annual community event.

Past performers include Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, patron Julian Lloyd Webber, Emma Johnson, Tasmin Little, The London Mozart Players, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Big Band to name but a few.

The charity is holding a Music and Laughter fundraiser, to finance next year’s festival at the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, which will be held on Sunday, April 19, from 5pm.

Talented musician Andy Eastwood will be providing the music, with comedian Jimmy Cricket providing the laughter.

Tickets for the fundraising event are priced £14.

They are available by calling the De La Warr Pavilion’s box office on 01424 229111.