A Festival for Everyone
The International Composers Festival 2022 is a three day celebration of new and exciting original music from over 40 composers.
Approximately 60 diverse compositions will be performed in four concerts at the prestigious De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK.
Written by living composers from all over the world, many of whom will be attending the concerts.
World-famous musicians and exceptionally talented local performers come together in our International Festival Orchestra of nearly 70 musicians and soloists.
Why you should
The Festival offers an ideal opportunity to enjoy breathtaking melodic music and meet composers and musicians from around the world. Our concerts are perfect for everyone, whether you are new to classical music or a serious classical music lover. We care about engaging with the younger generation and wider audiences, including with free tickets for under 18's with paying adults.
In 2022 we will be focusing on diversity and inclusion throughout the Festival, with artists travelling from all corners of the world to take part. Our family concert will be a celebration of song and dance from around the world.
By attending these concerts you are directly supporting composers and performers and the Festival as a whole.
Tell me more about
Composers are invited to submit music that is accessible, and tuneful, such as film and TV scores. The very best works are carefully chosen and are performed by our large International Festival Orchestra, as well as world-renowned solo instrumentalists, ensembles, singers and dancers.
One of the most exciting elements of our Festival is our wide range of artists, from amazing musicians, internationally acclaimed soloists and exceptionally talented local and young performers.
We showcase and premiere works by composers who create melodic orchestral music characterised by passion, sensitivity and emotion.
Watch the documentary from
the previous festival. Enjoy!
Reflecting on the direction of today's classical music from the Festival founder
The ethos behind the festival
"For many years now, a strong trend has developed towards the intellectualisation of classical music. Whilst I recognise and appreciate the importance of progression in music, it is equally important that music remains accessible to all. Music should be enjoyable, not only "interesting", "avant-gardist" or "shocking" for its own sake.
As founder of the International Composers Festival in 2012, I wanted to maximise inclusiveness by showcasing the works of living composers that are committed to bringing back melody, emotion and pure beauty to our ears. Only by creating music that touches the hearts of people, we will be able to contribute to society in an effective way, promoting that special music that makes us feel there is still hope, truth, and goodness in our world!"
Founder & Artistic Director, ICF