STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE UNFOLDING EVENTS IN EUROPE
We are proud to have welcomed some of the world’s most talented young pianists to this year’s competition. Our competitors are from more than 40 countries and have a unique opportunity to make lifelong friendships with each other during their time here in Hastings. Music is and always will be a force for good in troubled times and we have been moved by the solidarity and kindness that all our competitors have shown to each other from the beginning of the competition, even as the awful situation in Europe unfolded. As an international charitable organisation our ethos is to welcome all the world to Hastings and create a spirit of friendship and understanding, therefore we must continue to support all of our young musicians, regardless of which country they are from, who are here to enthrall and inspire our audiences.
On behalf of the Trustees and Management of Hastings International Piano