Melissa Bradshaw

Hastings International Piano Festival line-up announced

10:47, 20th November 2019

Details of the line-up for the inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival, taking place from 26 February – 8 March 2020, have been announced this week.

Headlining the festival will be singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright, joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday 28 February at The White Rock Theatre for an evening of songs from Wainwright’s discography.

Other highlights will include:

  • Songwriter and producer Guy Chambers opens the festival with a piano performance to include tracks from his new album, Go Gently Into the Light
  • Jazz artist Claire Martin OBE takes to the stage joined by a jazz line-up including Liane Carroll, Alex Garnett and The Swedish Trio
  • Singer-songwriter Rueben James, best known for his collaborations with pop artist Sam Smith, puts on a show exploring the boundaries between jazz and pop accompanied by his ten-piece band on 27 February
  • A special production with Oscar winning film composer Rachel Portman OBE, where she talks about her career alongside performances with local pianists
  • Hastings International Piano Festival Classical Gala Concert with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra features a programme of piano concertos performed by an array of artists including BBC Young Musician of the Year, pianist Martin James Bartlett
  • The Puppini Sisters and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra close the festival with their programme of re-workings of pop and classical songs

Managing director and curator of the Hastings Piano Festival, Ian Roberts, says:

‘We are delighted that so many world-renowned artists are coming to Hastings to perform, some of whom have never visited our creative town. We are happy that we will attract new and bigger audiences from around the UK and Europe who are keen to support the great music educational opportunities that this festival will provide for young people, and we are committed to providing at least 10% of our festival tickets for free to young people.’

Tickets are on sale from today (20 November 2019) and can be booked online here or from The White Rock Theatre box office.


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