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    Hastings Philharmonic performing Messiah in Christ Church (photo: Peter Mould).

    Rethinking Messiah

    Easter is a natural time for performing Handel’s oratorio Messiah, with its theme of salvation. But the route from score to performance is not fixed, and HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick takes a look at different approaches to this popular work.

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    PSC marks anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza

    To mark the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return in Gaza, a vigil and die-in was recently staged by the local branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Hastings town centre. Laurie Holden of Hastings and Rye PSC reports on the action.

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    Exotic 21st century types

    Grace Lau is a well known, highly respected figure around the Old Town, but appreciation spreads further afield when it comes to the photography fraternity. Moving to Hastings, Grace, as a professional photographer and tutor, has been integral to forming a rich photography community in the town. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths talked to her about how she came to be here and her new book, Portraits in a Chinese Studio, a project conceived, born and bred in Hastings.

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    The HOWCH team will hold a public meeting on Friday 26 April.

    New initiative aims to develop co-housing for older women

    A new response to the housing crisis has arisen in the shape of HOWCH – Hastings Older Women Co-Housing. Member Sue Warren explains its aims and plans ahead of its next public meeting on Friday 26 April.

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    The Laughing Stag returns!

    Comedy returns to the Stag Inn this Friday, 19 April. Entry is free but capacity limited, so the hosts warn that if you want your chuckle muscles warmed, turn up early to be sure of a comfy seat.

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    Chorus rehearsal from an earlier stage.

    People’s opera rehearsals peak as first performance nears

    Rehearsals for Bloom Britannia are reaching a climax, and the cast will be meeting every day in the week before they bring Act 1 to a public audience on Sunday 28 April. Brian Hick dropped in on rehearsals to see how things are progressing.

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    La Traviata staged against a background of impending war

    HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick reviews Opera South East’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata at White Rock Theatre on Saturday 13 April. Photos from rehearsal by Mark Duncan.

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    Self-Publishing with Amazon – is it for you?

    You’ve finished your book. Hurrah! But how are you going to get it published? Angela Phillip chats to Roger Povey, former literary agent, who talks of his experience and provides a self-publishing how-to guide.

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    Daniel Day Lewis and Gordon Warnecke in The Beautiful Laundrette, 1985

    My Beautiful Laundrette screens at The Pigs Palace

    Following last month’s screening of Querelle, the Pigs Palace will be showing the 1985 comedy-drama My Beautiful Laundrette on Thursday 18 April. All proceeds will go to local charity Seaview. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.

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    Kristy Swift as Violetta and Harry Kersley as Alfredo.

    Opera South East presents Verdi’s popular La Traviata

    Opera South East brings Verdi’s immensely popular opera La Traviata to the White Rock Theatre this weekend, in a production set in the run-up to World War One, when the world will be changed for ever. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Mark Duncan.

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    Worship in Heaven by Carole

    Celebrate Easter with music and art at the Stade!

    Now in its third year, the Hastings Easter Festival is a vibrant music and arts festival to celebrate Easter on the Stade Open Space and Hall. HOT’s Vanessa Alves the delights that await.

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    Celebrations at St John the Evangelist, Hollington

    On Sunday 28 April the Bishop of Lewes, Rt Revd Richard Jackson, will celebrate Holy Communion at St John the Evangelist, Hollington, to bring to a close the church’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

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    Writing about injuries from fights, stabbings and shootings

    This is the first in a weekly series of blogs in which Angela Phillip will take us with her on a journey to develop her writing skills and take advantage of the town’s wealth of literary offerings: writers based in Hastings and their books and journeys, writing courses in Hastings, books set in Hastings, booksellers in Hastings, and so on. Here she attends her first meeting of Hastings Writers’ Group.

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    Alex Leadbeater’s wave paintings are on show in South Lodge from 15–22 April

    It all goes in waves…

    This week, two new exhibitions in the #ATownExploresABook festival open. HOT’s Erica Smith talks to the artists involved.

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