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Hastings Musical Festival

The 2022 Festival will be held at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings in February and March. We are thrilled to be back at The White Rock Theatre for our Festival in 2022.
The Dance timetables will be sent out Monday 17th January.
The programmes should be on the website on Thursday 20th January but are available via a link on Facebook.

A school letter will be available soon on the 2022 Festival Tab.
Please ensure you ask your school for an absence approval.  We are organising the child licence for East Sussex but you still need to upload your ID Documents on to the playandperform site. The letter is available via a link on Facebook. 

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Virtual Festival Results Sunday 27th June

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Hastings Musical Festival 2021

About the Event

Hastings Musical Festival takes place at the White Rock Theatre over 3 weeks in Feb/ March each year. Dancers, singers, musicians and actors of all ages perform in classes which are marked by an adjudicator who is a specialist and an expert in the field. Feedback is given to everyone and the winners of each class are announced. In many classes a trophy is also awarded and in the junior classes we are also awarding first, second and third festival awards.

If you enter the Festival for a number of years and then wish to go on to study at a college or university on a course for performing arts you can apply for a grant from the Festival which is usually around £300. You may also be eligible for the Molly Townson Bursary - given to one entrant each year - of £3,000.  On top of that you may also gain an award from The Foster Trust to help towards your studies.

The Festival is a competitive event which gives local people a chance to perform on stage.  Performance is a skill for all walks of life. It can build confidence, enable engagement with others and certainly makes you stand out as an accomplished interviewee.  

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We are really grateful to RB Health & Safety Solutions for supporting Hastings Musical Festival. They work closely with a number of theatres, including The White Rock Theatre and are very keen to help the performing arts get back to business! The Directors are both Alumni of HMF and Charlotte is one of our Trustees and Management Committee Members.

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Molly Townson Bursary Fund

In Honour of our long-term Chairman, Molly Townson, who passed away in May, Hastings Musical Festival have set up The Molly Townson Bursary for young people intending to pursue a career in the performing arts. To donate in Molly's memory please send a cheque, or donate by BACS . Cheques should be made payable to Hastings Musical Festival.

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