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Sacred geometry guides tattoo creator

Complex tattoos are nothing new these days, but HOT reporter Rebecca Snotflower found her imagination fired by the designs based on sacred geometry offered by a tattooist in Bexhill.


Photo by N Weekes 2014

Converses With Clouds II

A further selection of poems by John D Robinson.


Brad, Lydia and fellow explorer in action

BLAST Science!

BLAST Science (aka ‘Brad and Lydia’s Awesome Science Team’) bring endless ebullience, enthusiasm, energy and excitement to the study of science.


Maddy Prior

Steeleye Span’s renowned singer Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the festive season for their unique celebratory show Carols and Capers, stopping off at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, at 7.30pm on Friday 19 December.


At Priory Meadow with Bruce the Sewer Monster

Helping Hastings tackle sewer blockages

Southern Water and the Clean Seas Please group are helping people in Hastings to improve bathing water quality in the area.


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Pop-up women take over corner of museum

The Women’s Pop-Up Museum will be holding a community launch event on November 29 at 11am at Hastings Museum.


Palestine - a theatre of war according to the war memorial in Alexandra Park.

Palestine – not ours to give

In November 1917, 97 years ago, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, in which it committed itself to “use its best endeavours” to achieve the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign are holding a meeting this week to discuss the effects of British involvement in Palestine, as they explain.


Thought to be Mozart's death mask

Battle Choral Society presents Mozart concert

The word requiem, translated as ‘rest in peace’, conjures a welcome rest after the travails of life and the pain of illness before death – but to an 18th century Catholic fundamentalist, it invokes deliverance from eternal damnation!


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Government flouts our rights, say Indians

There is anger at the assembly of the Munduruku tribe in the Amazon that their constitutional rights are being flouted by the government, as it seeks to push through plans to build hydroelectric plants on their land.


Aqua Tree Illustration by ZR

Tree dressing ceremony

Tree dressing is an ancient ritual, practised all over the world, where people come together to celebrate, bless and pledge to protect their trees, writes Andrea Needham on behalf of the Combe Haven Defenders.



The pastoral and romantic in East Sussex

St Margaret the Queen, Buxted Park.

Fancy a winter excursion over the High Weald via Battle and Heathfield to a beautiful 13th century, grade I listed church?  Steeped in history with a yew tree aged over 2,000 years old in the churchyard, nearby Hogge House is where the first English cannon is thought to have been cast in the 16th century. Dave Poole shows you how to link this charming trip with a wonderful concert of rarely performed English music.

English pastoral, romantic music has held a strong spell over music lovers, makers and creators in this country throughout the 20th century – and on 6 December there is a singular chance to hear two notable examples of this tradition.

Elgar’s Romance for Bassoon, written in 1911 between two of his best known major works, the Violin Concerto and the 2nd Symphony, explores the poetic and singing qualities of the bassoon.

Gerald Finzi.

Finzi’s Dies Natalis (Day of Birth) was written for soprano and string orchestra and sets various poetic meditations by the 17th century Thomas Traherne. These highly evocative contemplations on the mystery and wonders of life are extracts from a bundle of manuscripts that were fortuitously saved from oblivion in the 1880s!  As with the Elgar, this gentle, radiant music evokes a mood which, though still widely appreciated, somehow today points to a more innocent era before 1914.

Sophie Pullen (photo: http://sophiepullen.com).

Finzi, whose first music teacher was killed in WW1, completed this work in 1939. After the war in 1946 it was premiered in Hereford, just as the Elgar piece had been 35 years earlier. A fine recording in the 1960s by Wilfred Brown brought the work much recognition, but created the idea that it was written for the tenor voice.

This performance by Sophie Pullen and the Buxted Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Julian Broughton, will be a rare opportunity to hear the work with a soprano as originally conceived.

Susana Dias will be the soloist in the Elgar, and the concert concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony.

The atmospheric setting for this pre-Christmas concert will make you enjoy the mince pies and mulled wine all the more! And bring the family – it’s free for under 18s. Try a pub lunch and enjoy the open parkland that is Buxted Park while it is still light.

The concert is supported by the Finzi Trust.

St Margaret the Queen, Buxted Park TN22 4AY: concert of Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis, Edward Elgar’s Romance for bassoon and orchestra, Op. 8, and Beethoven’s 4th Symphony, 3pm Saturday 6 December. Tickets on the door £10, students and under 18s free.

Buxted Symphony Orchestra.

Posted 10:25 Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 In: Music & Sound

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