Classical music event is only
one of its kind

Polo Piatti, composer
Polo Piatti, composer
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RETURNING for a second year, the Hastings International Composers Festival brings to the town some of the biggest names in contemporary classical music.

Members of the Osaka Concert Orchestra are flying over from Japan especially to perform, there will be 19 world premieres of pieces written by composers from all over the world, as well as performances from Hastings Philharmonic Choir, and the first public outing of the Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra.

The festival runs on September 6 and 7 at St Mary-in -the-Castle, in Pelham Crescent, and will feature concerts, open rehearsals, discussions, and question and answer sessions.

Festival-goers will have the chance to meet composers including Oscar-winner Stephen Warbeck, who wrote the incidental music for Shakespeare in Love, Howard Blake, best known for his soundtrack to Channel 4’s 1982 film The Snowman, and former Classic FM composer-in-residence Patrick Hawes.

Composer and pianist Polo Piatti, the festival’s creative director, is keen to emphasize the accessibility of the festival.

He will himself be performing, and said: “It is not classical music in a stuffy way. We are playing beautiful music in an exciting way. The festival is unique in the world at the moment, and this is the reason we had over 500 submissions from all over the world.”

He called for the local community to support the festival by buying tickets.

A day pass is £12, while a festival pass is £20. Children under 12 go free.

Tickets can be bought from Imagen Gallery, 20 Claremont or online at