Piano competition sees full house at the White Rock Theatre

Winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2013 Tae-Hyung Kim
Winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2013 Tae-Hyung Kim

IT has been another packed week of performances as part of Hastings Musical Festival.

Dance has featured heavily, with a record number of entrants in the group dancing on Sunday (March 17).

The Dancing Bronze Medal was won by Kendra Colangelo, Dancing Silver Medal by Erin Burt, and the Phyllis Godfrey Championship was won by Mary-Ann Pollock.

Dance school Fusion Street Dance also enjoyed success, coming top out of seven street dance crews.

High marks were awarded in the woodwind category, with nine-year-old Daisy Noton being awarded 90 and above in three different classes for flute, and Nicola Hands, a student at the Royal College of Music, awarded 92 in woodwind concerto.

The piano gold medal was won by Alex Moore, and Lily Lindon took the gold medal for recorder and the gold medal class for trombone.

Festival chairman Molly Townson said: “It has been a very good week, with a very high standard of music and dance.”

In the speech section, Joel Ballam won the gold medal with 94 marks and was presented with £100 from Hastings Round Table.

For the first time in the history of the concerto competition it was a full house at the White Rock Theatre on Saturday evening (March 16), with a particular buzz created by the presence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which accompanied the pianists.

The three finalists were Michelle Candotti, 16, from Italy who performed Chopin’s Concerto No1 in E minor Op.11, followed by Jean-Paul Gasparian, 17, from France, who chose to perform Liszt’s Concerto No1 in E flat before the interval and the final performance by South Korean Tae-Hyung Kim, 27, who played Beethoven’s Concerto No5 in E flat - “Emperor” Op.73.

He not only won the Audience Prize but also took the overall prize as Winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2013, presented by Petula Clark, Hastings Musical Festival president.

Molly said: “It was the ninth year, and it was the best so far, and the three finalists were of an incredibly high standard.”

For the full results visit www.hastingsmusicalfestival.co.uk/news/2013-results.html.

Still to come on Saturday (March 23) is the festival finale at the White Rock Theatre from 5.15pm, featuring performances from some of the winners.