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The first and only festival of its kind in the world with the mission to promote and showcase high-quality orchestral music that is tuneful, accessible, universally appealing and created by a diverse number of living composers attending the events.

The festival is held over three days, with six concerts in Hastings and Bexhill offering an ideal opportunity to enjoy powerful music, exchange ideas and network with world-famous and up-and-coming composers and musicians from around the world. The festival concerts are perfect for everyone, from people new to classical music to serious music lovers. You can attend individual concerts or all of the events over the three days all in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Composers are invited to submit music that is accessible, and melodic. The best works are carefully chosen from those submitted and are performed by our large International Festival Orchestra, as well as several ensembles, numerous professional solo instrumentalists and singers.

One of the most exciting elements of our festival is our wide range of artists, from professional world-famous personalities through to exceptionally talented local performers. We showcase and premiere works by both established and up-and-coming composers who create melodic orchestral music characterised by passion, sensitivity and emotion.
In 2018 we focused on encouraging younger audiences by programming a family concert with dance, encouraging young musicians to take part by being part of the Festival Orchestra, as well as soloists and by performing their compositions. In addition, we offered free tickets to all of our concerts for under 18s.  We believe very strongly in the importance of bringing exciting, live, high-quality classical music to a wider audience.
We have an important and established link with Japan via renowned composer Nobuya Monta. We specially commissioned and performed his ballet 'The Crane Wife', based on a traditional Japanese fairy tale.  Monta, together with Choreographer Mayu Uesugi, 5 dancers and approximately 15 professional musicians travelled from Japan to be part of the Festival.





by the festival's founder Polo Piatti


"For many years now, a strong trend has developed towards the intellectualization of classical music. While 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" or "avant-gardist" for its own sake. By creating the Composers Festival in 2012, I wanted to maximise inclusiveness by showcasing the works of living composers that are committed to bringing back 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 the is still hope, truth, and goodness in ur world !"

Polo Piatti

Composer Polo Piatti