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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.

Posted 11:04 Friday, Apr 19, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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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.

Posted 10:37 Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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.

Posted 19:03 Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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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.

White Rock Ukelele Orchestra.

A flavour of Beatles Day

Faced with more than 10 hours of music and more than 100 acts spread over four stages, the Beatles Day visitor has hard choices to make. HOT’s music reviewer Brian Hick was particularly entranced with an a capella group and a ukulele band.

Posted 12:17 Monday, Apr 8, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Pete Brown Band at last year's Beatles Day (photo: Andrew Clifton).

Beatles Day 20 – as founder Pete prepares to say goodbye

It’s the 20th edition of Beatles Day this Sunday and founder and mainstay Pete Prescott’s last hurrah. He takes his leave as organiser against the background of a record number of acts and the inauguration of a fourth stage to accommodate them all. Nick Terdre reports.

The vagaries of our life, as expressed by the Wheel of Fortune, are central to the philosophy of Carmina Burana (image: Wikimedia Commons).

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana returns by popular demand

Back by popular demand, Hastings Philharmonic Choir returns to St Mary in the Castle with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana this Saturday, 6 April, as choir member Chris Cormack explains.

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From Woodstock to Hastings with Henry Lowther

It’s not often that Jazz Hastings gets the chance to feature a brilliant musician who appeared at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. But that’s exactly what will happen when we host veteran trumpeter Henry Lowther and his long established band Still Waters at our next session on 9 April, says Julian Norridge.

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