Nigel is delighted to be Patron of the Hastings International Composers Festival which takes place September 24th-26th. This very successful festival was conceived and founded by British-Argentine composer Polo Piatti, with the aim of promoting the creation and performance of high quality, melodic, classical music by living composers. It also facilitates the exchange of ideas and the establishment of working relationships between composers, musicians and artists from around the world. The festival is the only one of its kind in the world. Composers are invited to submit music on a given theme. Chosen works are then performed by the International Festival Orchestra, Composers Festival Chorus as well as by numerous first-class ensembles, the Battle Abbey School Choir and some outstanding soloists.
The festival will include four concerts over three days, the first of which will be held on Thursday 24th September in All Saints Church, Hastings Old Town - an evening of exquisite music by the Japanese composer Nobuya Monta, the centre point being the premiere of his one act opera 'Otohime', performed in stunning national costumes brought specially from Japan. There will also be a talk and discussion on the philosophical meaning and implications of this year's theme ‘Pictures’, by local historian and BBC correspondent Richard Sumner. On Friday 25th September there will be a Grand Opening Concert at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. On Saturday 26th September the festival moves to the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea for a Matinee Concert: ‘The Wonder of Melody’. On the same day award-winning author and film-maker Phil Grabsky will be presenting his highly successful 'In Search Of' films. The festival’s final concert is an exciting programme of classical popular film and computer gaming music.
The International Composers Festival is supported by a number of well-known composers including Stephen Warbeck, Patrick Hawes, Ian Livingstone, Nobuya Monta and Carlos Salomon, many of whom have confirmed their participation. Musicians taking part include virtuoso pianist Miho Sanou, with the Danzi Osaka Wind Ensemble coming especially from Japan, violinist Daniel Rainey, clarinettist Sue Bishop and the wonderful soprano Thomasin Trezise. The chief conductor is Hiroshi Endo who is travelling from Japan. Mr Endo will be supported by local conductors.
The International Composers Festival offers the ideal opportunity to enjoy high quality music, and exchange ideas. Audiences have a unique opportunity to meet world-famous as well as up-and-coming composers in a welcoming and informal environment. The festival acts as a showcase for a wide range of artists, from world famous professionals through to local amateurs. It is perfect for people new to classical music as well as serious music lovers and professional musicians and composers.