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Top left, clock-wise: Paul Lovering - 'Nothin' Gonna Change My World' (2012) Jacques Bernard - 'Wave of Change' (2015) Nikola Kosic - 'Transformation Paint' (2018) Yaroslav Teslenko - 'The Wind of Change' (2014) Terry Matassoni - 'Sea Change' (2007) Ashleigh Cecil - 'Climate Change on Canvas'

Clockwise from top left: Paul Lovering – ‘Nothin’ Gonna Change My World’ (2012), Jacques Bernard – ‘Wave of Change’ (2015), Nikola Kosic – ‘Transformation Paint’ (2018), Yaroslav Teslenko – ‘The Wind of Change’ (2014) , Terry Matassoni – ‘Sea Change’ (2007), Ashleigh Cecil – ‘Climate Change on Canvas’.

Women composers to the fore in the Challenge of Change

On Wednesday 1 May at 7.30pm the Kino-Teatr in St Leonards hosts a chamber music concert dedicated to female composers as part of Hastings Philharmonic’s Challenge of Change festival. This features some great musicians, including pianist Roman Kosyakov, winner of the 2018 HIPCC, and Angela Jung, the lead violin of Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra. Will Robertson, cello, and counter-tenor Alex Pullinger make up a very impressive team, writes Chris Cormack.

Roman Kosyakov - still from HIPCC Youtube

Roman Kosyakov – still from HIPCC Youtube

They will play two piano trios by Lilli Boulanger, Romance for Violin and Piano, six lieder by Clara Schumann and two works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Fantasie for Cello and Piano and Piano Trio. The concert will also feature songs by Rebecca Clarke, all for £16/£14.

Child prodigy, famous concert pianist and mother of seven surviving children, Clara Schumann was also a renowned but under-estimated composer in a male-dominated musical world who lived under the shadow of her husband.

Marie-Juliette Olga ‘Lili’ Boulanger (1893–1918) was the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. As a Parisian-born child prodigy, Boulanger’s talent was apparent at the age of two, when Gabriel Fauré, a friend of the family and later one of Boulanger’s teachers, discovered she had perfect pitch.

Whilst at Kino-Teatr you can also catch the Young Artists Exhibition on 1-2 May. Also part of the Challenge of Change festival, the exhibition features the works of promising young artists in East Sussex. Entry is free.


The Challenge of Change: Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Music Concert Featuring Works by Women Composers Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm, Kino-Teatr, 43-49 Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0EQ. Tickets £16/£14 from The Bookkeeper, 1A Kings Road, St Leonards TN37 6EA, Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3UY and online.

Posted 09:33 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 In: Performance

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