A Call For Volunteers

The organisers of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition are looking for more volunteers to help in this exciting and prestigious event .

The competition, which next year will take place at the White Rock Theatre from February 23 to March 4, attracts brilliant young musicians aged between 16 and 30 from all over the world.

They take part in four stages over the ten days. The six finalists will play a concerto of their choice with the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The winner will receive a cheque for £10,000 and the chance to play in concert with the Royal Philharmonic and perform in concert in the United States.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering, or who just wants to know more about what volunteering might involve, should email hipcc.volunteers@gmail.com or call Sue Schlesinger on 01797 253178. You will then be invited to a coffee morning at Fairlight Hall, the home of the competition’s major sponsors, David and Sarah Kowitz, on Friday 2 December at 11 o’clock.

Volunteers will play a number of key roles during the competition. They include manning the reception desk at the White Rock Theatre, looking after the contestants to make sure they are in the right place at the right time and driving young musicians to the various practice pianos located around Hastings.

It is fascinating and rewarding work which enables volunteers to get to know some of the finest young pianists of their generation. You will also get to hear some beautiful music.

All stages of the competition will take place at the White Rock Theatre and will be open to the public. Tickets are now available from the White Rock Theatre (01424 462288). For further information please go to www.hastingsconcertocompetition.co.uk