Closing date for submissions- 31st May, 2018

The festival directors will consider submissions from anyone interested in participating at the next festival in 2018, provided they compose in the traditional language of Western music writing. If you are a classical composer creating melodic, accessible music and would like to have your works performed at this festival please contact us. We can provide many opportunities for your career, including possible long-term contacts, support and exposure. Previous participating composers include both leading as well as upcoming composers. If your works are selected, they will be performed by either the International Festival Orchestra, the Festival Choir or Professional soloists.  Please click on the link below for further information. 

Some of the composers whose works have been performed at our festivals, most of whom attended the concerts:

Stephen Warbeck - Nigel Hess - Howard Blake - Patrick Hawes - Nobuya Monta - Philip Godfrey - Debbie Wiseman - Simon Proctor - Ian Livingstone - Andrew Cruickshank - Robert Draper - Lindsay Davidson - Chris Nocolaides - Ash Madni - Michael Doherty - Louise Denny - Kate Dunn - Kevin Riley - Michel Duvoisin Polo Piatti -  Kenneth Roberts - Jonathan Bruce - Kate Dunn - Peter Byrom-Smith - Holly Finch - Carlos Salomon and many others...

New Commissions

As an example of the many positive results created by the Festival, composer Polo Piatti received a large commission from the 'Musica Sacra' organisation to write a Multi-Faith Oratorio. Five sections of the Oratorio were then  premiered at the festival in 2015

New Orchestra Created

Immediately after the  successful launch of the Composer's Festival in 2012, several musicians decided to continue working together on a regular basis and form the presently very successful Hastings Sinfonia


As a direct result of the Composer's Festival, Japanese composer Nobuya Monta was commissioned to compose and record new music for the exhibition and CD of 'An Imaginary Dialogue' that took place in the United Kingdom in 2016.

ClassicUs Established

In 2015 a small group of composers led by Polo Piatti united with the purpose to actively support and encourage living composers that create tonal and accessible classical music.

ClassicUs Talks are held monthly with guest composers and artists meeting in an interactive and relaxed atmosphere


After outstanding performances at previous festivals, young violinist Daniel Rainey was offered several concerts both, in the United Kingdom and  the Far East, including being invited to perform for the very first time in Japan  at the Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka. 

To organise a festival of this magnitude is very time-consuming and expensive. We rely very heavily on organisations and individual's support and donations. If you would consider donating to support our work, please do. Your contribution, however small, will make a difference. Thank you very much.

You are listening to 'A Fair Fox Wife' by composer Nobuya Monta, , who will be attending the festival

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