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Piano competition set to start

If it’s wet and cold and February, it must be that time of year when brilliant young concert pianists from all around the world descend on Hastings to cheer us all up by taking part in the ever more prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC). Julian Norridge has all the details. Photos by Bob Mazzer.

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Rod Youngs in town to drum up a storm at Jazz Hastings

London-based American drummer Rod Youngs, who will be headlining at this month’s Jazz Hastings’ session on 12 February, has been described as one of the most expressive and adept musicians on the current jazz scene. Julian Norridge looks forward to his visit.

Posted 18:00 Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , ,
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Fat Tuesday call-out for volunteers

We are now recruiting for volunteers to help us with this year’s Fat Tuesday Festival, now in its 10th anniversary year, writes volunteer coordinator John Knowles.

Posted 10:41 Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
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Soprano Alice Privett kicks off Fairlight Hall song season

Locally raised soprano Alice Privett gives the first in a season of five concerts at Fairlight Hall arranged in collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival, as the venue’s Dominika Hicks explains.

Motorheadache - as close as you can get to the real thing!

Wow, what’s that?

If you’re craving an earblasting, wallshaking, night of everything louder than everything else, then head on down to St Mary in the Castle to raise some hell. Rock Astrologer Enid Williams thrashes it out with Motorheadache’s head honcho Rob Campbell.

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Madness and Monarchy at Fairlight Hall

If you were one of the many who watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on TV, you would have heard a crystal-clear, pure voice accompanying the bride’s fairytale procession up the aisle. Elin Manahan Thomas, one of the most exceptional sopranos of her generation, was honoured to perform Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine at the wedding of the soon-to-be Duke and Duchess of Sussex. HOT’s Erica Smith finds out more about the singer and why she is championing Barefoot Opera.

Tomasina Trezise will be performing opera favourites at Hastings Sinfonia's winter concert.

Hastings Sinfonia present a winter concert at St John’s

Now in its seventh year of performing popular classical music and opera favourites, the Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra presents its winter concert on Saturday 26 January at St John the Evangelist church. Sandra Goodsell, the orchestra’s chair, describes what waits in store.

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Tina May at Jazz Hastings

The legendary Tina May, one of the UK’s most renowned and respected jazz vocalists, will be starring in Jazz Hastings January session at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade on Tuesday 15 January. Julian Norridge rolls out the red carpet.

Posted 15:18 Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , , ,
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