Hastings Musical Festival

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Hastings Musical Festival
Venue White Rock Theatre
Location(s) Hastings, East Sussex
Country England

Hastings Musical Festival is an annual festival of the performing arts held in the White Rock Theatre, Hastings, England.


The Festival has been running since the early 1900s when Dr. Herman Brearley organised a festival ‘for the encouragement of choral singing’. Brearley was a local music teacher who lived at ‘Rosebank’, Priory Avenue, where he taught piano, singing, organ, harmony, theory of music and composition and is one of the few (if not the only) Festival held in a theatre.


There are four main categories for entries:

  • Singing
  • Instrumental
  • Dancing
  • Speech and Drama

The festival normally occupies three weeks in early March and occupies the whole of the White Rock Theatre. There is a prize winners concert toward the end of the Festival.

The 2011 Festival is scheduled to run from the 28th of February 2011 to 19 March 2011.

Special Grants[edit]

Every year the Hastings Musical Festival, which is a registered charity, distributes substantial sums to aspiring performers that meet the approval of the Judges and Executive committee and have applied for a grant. Funds for these awards come from the following trusts;

John Lockey Memorial Scholarship. Founded in 1935 as a memorial to John Lockey who was the Secretary of the Hastings Musical Festival for the first 33 years of its existence.

Isabel Blackman Award Founded in 1966

W.H.Dyer Award Founded in 1980 as a memorial to W.H.Dyer Chairman for 12 years and associated with the Festival for over 50 years.

Avril Parry Prize Bursary Founded by the President in 2005.

Adjudication, Affiliations and Administration[edit]

Judges often include household names in the performing arts.

The Festival is a member of the Federation of Festivals and a qualifying Festival for the All England Dance.

The current president of the Festival is Petula Clark.[1]


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