Friday night is music night

Eric Guo, who will perform Bach and Beethoven on Friday 15th May.

To bring a bit of culture into our homes during this period of lockdown, Hastings International Piano has been presenting a series of short concerts online every Friday evening.

Hastings International Piano is the charity responsible for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition – an internationally-renowned competition for young concert pianists from around the world, attracting 170 applicants in 2019 across global auditions, 40 of which came to compete in Hastings. Their prize was the opportunity to perform with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the two-night final and to win a first prize of £15,000. The Competition returns in February 2021. The online concert series aims to support the careers of previous competition prizewinners during this unprecedented worldwide closure of many concert venues.

The series launched on Friday 20th March with 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Winner Roman Kosyakov giving a concert from his Birmingham Conservatoire. The concerts are free to view, but viewers are able to make a voluntary donation to Hastings International Piano Engagement Fund, or choose to join as a Friend whilst watching. These donations help to continue the organisations work supporting young pianists as well as engagement projects offered to the young people of Hastings and the surrounding area. This includes free tickets to events as well as workshops, school visits and inspirational talks from visiting artists.

The charity also organises the two-week Hastings International Piano Festival, which was held for the first time earlier this year.

The short recitals premier every Friday evening on Facebook at 7pm and at Hastingsinternationalpiano.org.