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Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition 2017

What could be a better Christmas gift for the classical music lover in your life, than tickets to see some of the world’s most exciting and talented pianists performing in Hastings?

Not only that, the rare treat of hearing the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra play on the East Sussex coast is not to be missed.

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Tickets have now gone on sale for next spring’s prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition at the White Rock Theatre. Now in its 13th year, this latest edition of the competition has attracted a record entry of some 150 young pianists from right around the globe, with 43 successful applicants making it through to the Final in Hastings in March 2017.

Created to give a platform for the world’s finest young talents (aged 16 to 30) and to bring a wider audience to the appreciation and understanding of the classical piano repertoire, the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has, since its relaunch in 2005, grown to become one of the world’s leading Piano Concerto Competitions. You could almost call it the international X Factor for classical music…

The undoubted highlight is the Final (taking place across 3rd/4th March 2017) where you can see see and hear these prodigiously talented young musicians perform music penned by some of the absolute giants of classical music. Not only that, the Final marks the first time that the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has performed at the competition – just going to show how highly the competition is respected, and the growing reputation of Hastings as a cultural hub.

Royal Philharmonic conductor, Timothy Henty, is emerging as a major star in his own right. Still in his early thirties, Henty won the Royal College of Music’s Tagore Gold Medal – its highest award for its most outstanding student – and has gone on to carve out an enviable career in the realm of classical music, opera and ballet.

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However there is plenty of opportunity to hear young, talented musicians performing in the week leading up to the Final for a modestly priced ticket (just £5 per session) – Stage 1 takes place 23-25 Feb and Stage 2 on 27/28 Feb. The Semi-Final Recitals on Wednesday March 1st and then on Thursday 2nd March, the White Rock Theatre hosts the Masterclass.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the White Rock Theatre Box Office in person (White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1JX), by phone (01424 462 288) or online (whiterocktheatre.org.uk).

Festival Director Frank Wibaut says “From 151 phenomenal artistic and pianistic talents I heard from 29 countries, 43 will make a fantastic and thrilling international competition in Hastings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Don’t miss!”

And there is a great reason to buy a competition programme for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition – as in February and March 2017 it will also act as a temporary Hastings Card. The hugely popular discount card for a large amount of shops and restaurants across the town is a sponsor of the 2017 competition.

For more information, please visit  www.hastingsconcertocompetition.co.uk/  or call 01424 814 132.

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