Hastings Chamber Music Festival 

Bringing together the highest calibre musicians for concerts on the East Sussex Coast.

Held in association with

Hastings Early Music Festival

Upcoming Events

Coffee Concert
11am Sunday Sept 17


Jane Gordon (violin)
Jan Rautio (piano)

Vaughan Williams ‘Lark Ascending’

Beethoven ‘Spring’ Sonata No.5 Op.24

Nadia & Lili Boulanger Selected Pieces

Mendelssohn by Candlelight
7pm Thursday Sept 21


The Felix Ensemble

Mendelssohn Octet Op.20 (Original version) 

Joachim Raff ‘Andante’ from Octet Op.176

Bach ‘Art of Fugue’ Selected movements

Beethoven in Nature
5pm Saturday Sept 23 


Rautio Piano Trio
Marianne Schofield ( bass)
Richard Waters (viola)

Beethoven Pastoral Symphony transcribed for Quintet by J Rautio

Debussy ‘Des pas sur la neige’ transcribed for Quintet by J Rautio

Schubert ‘Theme & Variations’ on Die Forelle from the ‘Trout’ Quintet

Music & Climate Science
3pm Sunday Sept 24


Professor Tamsin Edwards
Anna Dennis (soprano)
Rautio Piano Trio

Talk: Professor Tamsin Edwards on Climate Change

Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok Op. 127 for Soprano & Piano Trio

Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat Op. 70/2

About the festival 

We are excited to be launching Hastings Chamber Music Festival this year, held in association with the Early Music Festival. Our programmes will be offering a wider range of repertoire than in previous years. Concerts will be in Christchurch and Kino Teatr. At the heart of the Festival is, as ever, the desire to bring together the highest calibre musicians for performances of some of the most deeply expressive music. Artistic director, violinist Jane Gordon, has invited a wonderful line up of international musicians for concerts with music from the baroque era to the present day. We will also be including talks, ‘artist in conversation’ events, and opportunities to meet the players after the concerts.

“Inspired by the music we love and the art of live performance, I want to engage our listeners to contemplate the significance and relevance the Arts can hold in our culture today. We aim to give music a platform to connect to wider topics relevant to today’s cultural and political landscape.” – Jane Gordon, artistic director

Music in nature 

This year’s Festival theme is Nature, which is explored in a variety of beautiful and thought-provoking ways through the our curated programmes. We deepen the Nature connection further with Professor Tamsin Edwards, renowned Climate Scientist and award-winning science communicator. She will give a talk to accompany the Festival’s closing concert. 

Jane Gordon (violin)

Anna Dennis (soprano)

Jan Rautio (piano)

Rautio Piano Trio

Victoria Simonsen (cello)

Marianne Schofield (double bass)

Richard Waters (viola)

Felix Ensemble

Christine Anderson (viola)

Christoph Richter (cello)

Florence Cooke (violin)

Sijie Chen (violin)

Joanna Patrick (viola)

Julia Loucks (violin)

Gavin Kibble (cello)


– internationally acclaimed musicians

'Artists in Conversation'

– Getting to know our musicians with audience Q & A


– Festival theme 2023

Join our festival friends and help support live music 

Our Festival Friends enjoy a range of benefits including exclusive event invites and reserved seating at Christchurch. We are in the process of becoming a registered charity and having exciting plans on the horizon for bringing more concerts to the Hastings area. Help us grow and continue to present these wonderful concerts. 

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