Oscar winner lined up for music festival

A NUMBER of award-winning composers will be descending on the town for the second International Composers Festival.

Stephen Warbeck, who won an Oscar for his Shakespeare in Love score, is one of the high profile names on programme for the festival, which runs on September 6 and 7, at St Mary- in-the-Castle.

The festival is a unique opportunity to meet and enjoy music by famous living composers from all over the world, and aims to showcase the best in accessible, tuneful classical music to as wide an audience as possible.

The only festival of its kind, it is already causing a stir internationally, with more than 500 entries received this year.

Other big names making an appearance include Howard Blake OBE, an English composer who has produced more than 650 works and is best known for his soundtrack to Channel 4’s 1982 film The Snowman, as well as Nigel Hess, Patrick Hawes, Nobuya Monta, and Andrew Cruickshank.

The Osaka Concert Orchestra will be flying in from Japan, and members of the prestigious London Gala Orchestra will be performing, as will the Winchester Consort singers.

Hastings Sinfonia, a new local orchestra will be making its first public appearance.

Composer Polo Piatti, the festival’s creator and artistic director, who will also be performing at the event, said: “This year the festival will be bigger and better, but we need local support.

“Please support this unique event by buying your festival tickets.

He added: “We are still looking for a company or organisation to sponsor and present the International Composers Festival Award 2013.”

For further information and to buy tickets visit www.composersfestival.com.