White Rock Theatre future assured

We are delighted that Hastings Borough Council has announced that discussions are underway with the Guildhall Trust, who run the Portsmouth Guildhall, for them to run the White Rock Theatre from February 2024. Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will therefore be one of the first events to take place at the theatre under the new […]

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Thomas Kelly awarded Benjamin Britten Piano Fellowship

We are delighted that the outstanding pianist, and the 2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition prizewinner Thomas Kelly, has been announced as the recipient of the Benjamin Britten Piano Fellowship for 2023-24, awarded by the Royal College of Music (RCM) and generously supported by the Philip Loubser Foundation (PLF). This Fellowship, named after the renowned […]

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17th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition opens for entries

“This is a competition to watch” International Piano Magazine, May 2023 The 17th Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will take place from 22 Feb – 2 March 2024 and entry is now open, by video audition. The deadline for entries is 15 September 2023, and full details of how to enter the competition are here […]

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Hastings International Piano Silent Auction

BIDDING NOW OPEN Hastings International Piano’s 2023 Silent Auction is now live. We are pleased to launch this auction raising funds for the 2024 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Whether you are looking for a night at the opera, or a private piano recital – there is something for everyone.Take a look at the brochure below and bid on these amazing lots! […]

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Job Vacancy: Managing Director

The Trustees of the charity Hastings International Piano seek to appoint a new Managing Director. The principal activities comprise the biennial Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which takes place in March 2024, and other events as may be agreed with the Board. Reporting to the Board of trustees for all aspects of HIP’s business, you […]

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Job Vacancy: Head of Development

Hastings International Piano is looking to appoint a Head of Development. This is a newly created role will be instrumental in supporting the charity to realise its ambitious aims. Hastings International Piano (HIP) is an independent charity (registration number 1192703) formed in 2020, but its story stretches back more than 100 years. The Hastings Musical […]

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Season’s Greetings from Hastings International Piano

We would like to say a big thank you to all our supporters, followers, friends, patrons, artists, prizewinners, and volunteers for all your support this year. Please click on the image below to see our special Christmas message. 

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Phil’s Christmas Playlist

Our General Manager, Phil Gietzen has created a Christmas Playlist he would like to share with our followers. Here is why Phil chose this particular playlist. As winter takes hold and we approach Christmas I am reminded of the wealth of music that has been written to celebrate this time of year. Having sung in […]

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With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rory Macdonald We are thrilled to welcome Shunta Morimoto & Mariamna Sherling back to the historic White Rock Theatre on Saturday 4 March 2023 for a special Prizewinners’ Gala Concert. These young pianists thrilled the capacity audience with their performances in the final of the 16th Hastings International […]

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Autumn Playlist by Paul Hughes

We asked our new acting Managing Director to create an Autumn Spotify Playlist which you can listen at home. Here is what Paul has put together and why. We open and close with piano solos by two composers who almost certainly never met.  The first of these is Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, whilst not […]

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Hastings International Piano appoints new Artistic Director and acting Managing Director

With immediate effect, the charity Hastings International Piano is pleased to announce theappointment of Professor Vanessa Latarche as Artistic Director. HIP has also appointed PaulHughes, formerly Director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and BBC Singers, asa consultant acting Managing Director to build on the success of the 2022 HastingsInternational Piano Concerto Competition and […]

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We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and our thoughts are with the Royal Family. In conversation with our Artistic Director Professor Latarche, the Board and the management of Hastings International Piano, we have agreed with Martin James Bartlett to cancel his recital scheduled for Saturday 17th […]

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