Opening Concert

'Passion'

SERGIO PUCCINI (21st Sept.)
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. www.sergiopuccini.net
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: ashmadni.com
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 www.oliverpoole.net
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: www.carlossalomon.com
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 www.paullewiscomposer.com
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You are listening to 'At Twilight' by composer Matthew Curtis, which will be performed at the 'Passion' Concert (the festival's Opening Concert) on Friday 21st September at 7pm at 'Opus Theatre' in Hastings