Composers / Performers


Leading international classical guitarist Sergio Puccini confirms performing at the festival in September. Praised by international acclaimed artists as Lalo Schifrin, Paul McCartney, Elmer Bernstein, etc., he has captivated audiences all over the world.
JOHN ANDREWS (21st-23rd Sept.)
John Andrews, one of today's most exciting young conductors, has been appointed Principal Conductor of the festival in 2018. John is currently guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. John has also conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently making a series of recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus
ASH MADNI (21st & 23rd Sept.)
We are very proud to announce the appointment of composer Ash Madni as the festival's Composer In Residence.

Ash is a very talented writter presently enjoying a very much deserved and growing recognition. His very special works are based on the fusion of Eastern and Western classical music influences. To read more about Ash's works and career please visit:
NOBUYA MONTA (23rd Sept.)
Director of International Affairs, composer Nobuya Monta (Osaka, Japan) has been commissioned to write a new Ballet to be world-premiered at the festival. Maestro Monta, who has been one of the strongest supporter of the festival from the very beginning, has written the original music to ’The Crane Wife’, a traditional tale in Japan. The new ballet has been choreographed and will have its first performace at the De La Warr Pavillion.
British-Swiss composer Dominic Scherrer to attend the festival!

Dominic is one of the most talented score composers of his generation. His award-winning compositions can be heard on some of the finest television dramas made in recent years including ‘Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Series’, ‘Ripper Street’, ‘The Missing’, ‘Monroe’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ have earned him an Ivor Novello Award, an RTS Award Nomination, a Primetime Emmy Nomination and two further Ivor Novello Nominations
SARAH THURLOW (21st Sept.)
Virtuoso clarinetist Sarah Thurlow to world-premiere Polo Piatti's major work.

Sarah is an incredible instrumentalist that combines impeccable technique with extraordinary musicality. She will be one of three very special soloists to be premiering 'The Impossible Pieces' by British-Argentine composer Polo Piatti. Sarah is a graduate of the Royal College Music, Aspen Music School in the US and the Scuola Internazionale di Perfezionamento Musicale in Italy.
OLIVER POOLE (22nd & 23rd Sept.)
We are very excited to officially announce that piano virtuoso Oliver Poole will be attending the festival in 2018. To celebrate the occasion of his first appearance at the festival, Oliver will be performing his wonderful composition 'Altitude'.

Audiences in Hastings that have experienced this extraordinary pianist live on stage before - and who have become instant fans - can't wait to welcome him again. For more information about Oliver please visit
CARLOS SALOMON (22nd & 23rd Sept.)
We are absolutely delighted to announce that the great Mexican composer Carlos Salomon will be attending the Festival in 2018. Carlos is a master composer who has been invited to participate at the ICF for the second time, after his great success in 2015! Look out for the world-premiere of one of his wonderful pieces during the festival! For more information please visit his official website at:
PAUL LEWIS (21st & 22nd Sept.)
Great composer and conductor Paul Lewis has been commissioned to write the theme for the Composers Festival! Paul wrote his first score for a major British TV drama at the age of twenty, and for five and a half decades has produced an unending stream of orchestral and instrumental TV scores, production library music and concert works. Paul will be attending the next Festival. For more information please visit
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KATERINA MINA (21st & 22nd Sept.)
It is with great pleasure that we can announce the participation of great spinto soprano Katherina Mina at the upcoming International Composers Festival in 2018.The extremely talented singer will be premiering some new and exciting works specially written by participating composers.To read more about Katherina's world-class background and career please visit her website:
LORENZO D'ANTÓ (22nd Sept.)
We are very proud to announce our first ever Youth Ambassador. Melody Woodham who is a MA graduated in composition from Nottingham University is currently under the tutelage of renowned composer Polo Piatti and composes original works for the Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra.
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The 'Niconimiel Dance Company' based in Osaka, Japan, is coming to the festival to premiere Nobuya Monta's Ballet 'The Crane's Wife', a traditional Japanese tale especially comissioned and choreographed for the festival.
We are proud to announce that renowned media composer Ian Livingstone will be attending the festival in 2018. To know more about Ian's prolific career, please visit the official website
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Rosemary Duxbury is a British classical composer writing music to touch the heart and inspire the soul. Her compositions are regularly performed and broadcast internationally. Her music is also used for film, theatre, dance and was choreographed for ice skating by world champion Lorna Brown.
OLAJIDE PARIS (22nd Sept.)
Olajide Paris is an American composer based in the former soviet Republic of Georgia where he composes music and produces soundtracks for clients around the world. He has created music for over 100 films, games and corporate projects including providing orchestrations for the 2016 Capcom XBOX release, Dead Rising 4. For more information please visit:
One of the most accomplished and entrepreneurial composers of her generation, Penny Loosemore will be presenting her mesmerising music together with her Brighton Film Quartet at the 'Soundscape' concert.
ANDY GILL ( 21st Sept.)
The only strings, clarinet and piano quartet the UK will be performing wonderful music by Penny Loosemore in a very special appearance featuring 12 international film-makers works
JANE GORDON (21st - 23rd Sept.)
Jane Gordon has been appointed the festival’s Orchestra Leader. Jane is a highly versatile violinist who has performed at major festivals and concert halls in Europe, Asia and America as well as being an experienced leader and concertmaster. For more information please check Jane's official website
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MAYU UESUGI (23rd Sept.)
Mayu Uesugi is an award-winning choreographer and dancer from Japan. She studied ballet at 'Vaganova Ballet Academy' in Russia. She is the founder of the 'Mayu Uesugi Ballet Studio' that teaches ballet to children, adults and professional dancers in Osaka. Mayu is the artistic director of the ‘Niconomiel Dance Company’ who will be performing at the festival.
JUSTIN PEARSON (21st - 23rd Sept.)
Justin Peason (cello) is one of London’s busiest and most versatile musicians. He is principal cellist and artistic director of The National Symphony Orchestra (UK), guest principal cellist of the Royal Philharmonic and English Sinfonia Orchestras. Justin is also Artistic Director and manager of the Locrian Ensemble of London and currently plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Old Vic Theatre.
SUNNY LI (22nd & 23rd Sept.)
Sunny Li is one of the most talented concert pianist of our time. She will be performing and discussion her international career together with Oliver Poole at the festival's 'Total Piano' Concert on September 23rd.
Ryoki Midorima (dance)
Ryoki started ballet lessons at the age of four. His motto is ‘prayer through dancing’ and he occasionally dedicate his dances. He founded the 'Midorima Ballet Studio' coaching professional dancers. He also gives lectures about the art of dance. Ryoki started independent dance performance series, ‘Tokoiriya’ and won the 'Okinawa Times Arts Prize' in 2016. His ‘Tokoiriya’ was selected as one of the shows supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan in 2017.
TAJA & ANNA ASTAR ( 22nd Sept.)
Russian-born composer/performer duo Taja & Anna Astar will be travelling from their home in Finland to introduce her wonderful music at the festival's 'Small Is Beautiful' Concert.
From recording with the London Symphony Orchestra to Number 1 selling Pop Stars Mika and Chesney Hawkes, Chris Nicolaides can comfortably work in many genres. Now best known for his scores to landmark BBC Television series with David Dimbleby, Jeremy Paxman, Fiona Bruce, Simon Schama, and Francesco Da Mosto, Chris released a live orchestral album "Revealing Beauty" featuring themes from these BBC series. The album was immediately signed by EMI.
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MICHAEL HEATH (21st Sept.)
Having begun his career as a singer-songwriter, Michael wrote several successful theatre musical works including Laura, Silent Star, The Selfish Giant, A Christmas Carol and Lacrymosa (for the Vienna Kammeroper) before turning to composing for the concert hall. We welcome this great composer to this year's festival!
Australian composer and pianist Emili Rackemann will be performing at the festival. The press says "Emili is carving her way into the hearts and minds of her devotees, bringing ‘womenhood’ back into equilibrium within the world of music composition." For more info please visit:
ANTONIO D'ANTÒ (22nd Sept.)
Renowned Italian pianist, composer and conductor Antonio D’Antò will be attending and performing at the festival. A Professor of Harmony, Composition, Instrumentation and orchestration and a well know figure in European music circles.
Composer Matthew Curtis has perhaps become best known for his shorter pieces in the ‘British Light Music’ tradition, but has also written longer and more serious works such as the work to be heard at the festival. His work has been frequently broadcast on radio both in the UK and overseas. There are six CDs devoted exclusively to his music (with a seventh planned) on commercial release, and he has contributed to compilation discs released by ASV, EM Records, Naxos and Heritage.
Born in Argentina, Noelia Graduated from the National University of Córdoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Musical Composition and a Conducting degree from the Buenos Aires University. She has dedicated her latest symphonic Tang that will be premiered by world-class guitarist Sergio Puccini and the International Festival Orchestra. More info:
GARRY JUDD (22nd Sept.)
We warmly welcome Garry Judd, the well known film and television composer based in Hertfordshire, UK. His recent work includes Ireland with Ardal O’Hanlon for Channel 4 and Shubert, a ten part drama for NTV Russia. Other television credits include shows and series for the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, C5, NBC, ABC, A&E, RTÉ, Discovery and more. He has recorded with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Courtney Pine, Leslie Howard and The London Community Gospel Choir to name but a few.
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KEVIN RILEY (21st-22nd Sept.)
Julian Marczak was born in London and was a student at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, of which he is a Licentiate,
he plays the flute and the piano. Julian is inspired by his and his family's
experiences to produce melodic pieces which make an impact and are memorable.
Parisian Joy is no exception.
FIONA BENNETT (22nd Sept.)
ALEX MARRUPE (22nd Sept.)
Alexei Knupffer of Russian born parents studied piano at the Vienna Conservatoire and composition with Edmund Rubbra at the Guildhall School of music.
Activities include: teaching, conducting choirs, accompanying ballet, singing and composing. His philosophy: melody will triumph.
DIANE WILKS (22nd Sept.)
Diane is a local composer and is currently composer in Residence to St Laurence's in Hawkhurst, Kent.
Diane studied the piano from an early age, she is now focusing on composition concentration on choral works
Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer. Winner of the 2003 BBC Young Composer Competition, his music has since been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Banks Music, the RSCM, Encore Publications & Universal Music, and is frequently heard on the radio, tv and he cimema in the uk and aboad.
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The Eastbourne Academy Of Dancing will be presenting four original choreographies, all created on music from France, Arabia, Mexico and the UK, especially commissioned by the festival on Sunday 23rd September at 4pm.
Wonderful music by our Patron, composer Debbie Wiseman will be performed at the 'Camera, Sound, Play' on Saturday 23rd September at 7pm. And there is even the strong possibility that she might even attend and conduct her work on the night!
JACOPO CROCI (21st Sept.)
Some great music by the talented Italian young composer's music will be performed at the festival's Opening Concer on Friday 21st September at 7pm in Hastings. Don't miss it!
JULIAN NORRIDGE (21st-23rd Sept.)
Julian Norridge is an award-winning journalist, programme maker and writer. He began as a reporter and feature writer for the Evening Standard, where he was runner up as Young Journalist of the Year. He then joined London Weekend Television as a current affairs and documentary producer and director, winning a BAFTA nomination for a series on The City. He subsequently founded his own production company, making programmes for UK and US television, one of which was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy.
The fabulous International Festival Orchestra will be performing along most of the festival, every time under world-class conductor John Andrews.
The 'Diana Freedman's School Of Dance and Performing Arts' will be premiering two dances (from Japan and Argentina) especially created and inspired by festival commissioned music on Sunday 23rd September at 4pm.
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John Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. He has composed some of the most popular and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history, including those of the Star Wars series, Jaws, Superman, E.T., the Indiana Jones series, the first Jurasic Park films, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974.
JONAHAN BRUCE (22nd Sept.)
The remarkable young cellist and composer is presenting one of his virtuoso pieces at the Chamber Concert on Saturday 22nd September.
POLO PIATTI (21st-23rd Sept.)
The festival founder and aetistic director is presenting several of his new pieces during the festival, including his eagerly awaited 'Impossible Pieces'!
SIMON PROCTOR (23rd Sept.)
CHRIS LACEY (22nd Sept.)
Chris Lacey plays the flute professionally in theatre, television, radio, recording sessions, West End shows and symphony orchestras. He was principal piccolo for London Festival Ballet, played flute for Royal Shakespeare Company and was principal flute for Miss Saigon Drury Lane London for many years. Freelance work includes playing for the LPO, the LSO, the City of London Sinfonia, the RPO, the London Sinfonietta, film and television recordings, etc.
LOUISE DENNY (21st Sept.)
PATRICK DOYLE (22nd. Sept.)
KATIE MOLLOY (21st Sept.)
Katie Molloy is a classical guitarist based in Hastings. A former music scholar at Beechwood Sacred Heart School in Tunbridge Wells, Katie gained her ATCL and LTCL performance diplomas before graduating from The University of York with a BA (Hons) in Music in 2013. She graduated with a Masters Degree, researching 17th century music. Katie has performed many recitals around the UK, including at the previous festival with Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck.
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Listen to 'What Is Love', composed and performed by Finnish Taja & Anna Astar

(from our 'Small Is Beautiful' concert) 

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