Hastings International Music Festival- Board of Trustees

Hastings International Music Festival is the operating name of Hastings Musical Festival Ltd. It is the governing body of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and Hastings Musical Festival.

Board of Trustees

Chair: Molly Townson, Pauline Ash, Brenda Bailey, Roland Garrad, David Kowitz, Sarah Kowitz DL, Lesley Moore, Emily Segal, Dr Richard Wray DL.

Chief Executive: Helen Winning

Board of Trustees


Lesley Moore


Sarah Kowitz DL

Sarah Kowitz moved with her family to Hastings from New York in 2004 and has been involved with a number of community issues ever since. Born and educated in London, she graduated from the faculty of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia in 1984 and then trained as a reporter at the Kent and Sussex Courier. She later worked in Hong Kong as the Education Editor of the Hong Kong Standard.

She is a member of the board of the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, the board of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and is Head Govenor of Ark Little Ridge School, Hastings.


David Kowitz

David Kowitz is a Managing Partner and Founder of Indus Capital Partners and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Mr. Kowitz, a Chartered Financial Analyst, graduated from Brown University in 1985 with a degree in English literature.

Mr. Kowitz is a member of the Board of Riverkeeper, a New York-based environmental organization, the Board of Trustees of Pax, an organization working on the problem of gun violence in the US , and the Board of Global Fund for Children (UK), which provides funding for local children’s welfare organizations in over 60 countries. He is married with two children, and resides in East Sussex, United Kingdom.

Brenda Bailey


Pauline Ash


Molly Townson (Chair)

Molly has spent all her life in music as a Singer,Teacher, Choral Conductor, Adjudicator and Director of Music. With a long history of the Hastings Musical Festival in the family, it was during her years as Vice Chairman that she led a 2004 sub-committee intent on reviving the original Hastings Concerto Competition. Molly is proud to see the position of the Hastings International
Piano Concerto Competition in the world of music today, and continues to work towards the development and future success of the Hastings International Music Festival.


Roland Garrad


Emily Segal

Emily began playing the piano at the age of 5. She attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Christopher Elton, winning many major prizes whilst there. After receiving scholarships from the Countess of Munster and Martin Foundation, Emily continued her studies at the Rubin Academy, Tel Aviv with Arie Vardi. Whilst there she performed a concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. After completing her studies, Emily reached the semi-final of the Clara Haskill International Competition and attended masterclasses in Banff, Canada.

She has played in many of the UKs best known concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, QEH, Barbican, Bridgewater Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. She has also performed in many other countries including Canada, Australia, Spain and Germany. Emily has recorded for the BBC and German radio.

In 2002, alongside her husband, conductor Pete Selwyn, Emily started the Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival, which has attracted some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians and singers over the last 15 years.

In 2005, Emily decided to swap the concert platform for the classroom! She began her teaching career at Forest Hill Boys in South East London and after only 2 years was offered Head of Department at a large comprehensive in Harrogate. She spent 8 years here, growing the department into one of the most successful in the country with outstanding A level, BTEC and GCSE results. For the last year, Emily has been Secondary Music Specialist for the Ark network of 35 schools in disadvantaged areas in London, Hastings, Birmingham and Portsmouth.


Dr Richard Wray DL

Dr Richard Wray trained as a Consultant Cardiologist and General Physician and worked for many years mainly in Hastings and at Kings College Hospital in London. Whilst working he noted how much appropriate music helped those in hospital, and so established the live music programme at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings which became one of the largest in any UK NHS hospital. A particular feature is the Young Musician in Residence programme. Richard is also a Patron of the Young Classical Artists Trust which prepares young gifted potential international musicians for their future careers. Richard Wray works with and supports the East Sussex Schools Music Service and is a  Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex.