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Show of Hands go back to their roots

West country roots and folk group Show of Hands are one of the biggest acts in UK folk music, so when they came to St Mary in the Castle last weekend, HOT correspondent Darren Johnson wasn’t going to miss them. And very glad he was that he hadn’t! Photos by Simon Putman.

Posted 12:08 Wednesday, May 9, 2018 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
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Iverson and Speake at Jazz Hastings

Fabled New York pianist Ethan Iverson will be taking centre stage at the Jazz Hastings session on Tuesday 1 May, at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade. He will be playing as part of a quartet led by his old friend and colleague, saxophonist Martin Speake, as Julian Norridge explains.

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Sparkly Bird raising awareness

Sparkly Bird is a performance written and directed by talented local musician and singer-song writer, Kat Lee-Ryan, catalysed by her experience of her sister’s depression and heartbreaking suicide. Kat will be performing her show twice during National Mental Health Awareness week (14 – 20 May) alongside The Fabulous Red Diesel.

Anton Lyakovsky playing last weekend at the second Phoenix Paino Series recital. He gave three encores to the enthusiastic audience (photo: .

Two more recitals in Phoenix Piano Series

After a successful opening last weekend, the inaugural season of the Phoenix Piano Series concludes at the Opus Theatre this weekend, with recitals by Sunny Li and Oliver Poole. Nick Terdre reports.

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Vocal Explosion’s new season starts

Choirs are very popular in Hastings and beyond, aware of all the health giving benefits of exercising the vocal chords and sharing time with others, united in learning tunes and words and working in harmony together. Local world music community choir, Vocal Explosion, headed by Juliet Russell, is getting ready for the new season of sessions and welcomes you to join in.

kristy Swift sings the role of Tatiana in Tcahikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin.

Tchaikovsky opera comes to White Rock Theatre

Opera South East is in town with two performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the White Rock Theatre. Chair John Rycroft sets the scene for what promises to be a memorable night out.

Posted 18:38 Thursday, Apr 12, 2018 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , ,
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New series of piano recitals at Opus Theatre

Opus Theatre, under the baton of Polo Piatti, presents the first two concerts in the Phoenix Piano Series this coming weekend. Nick Terdre reports.

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Blowing her own trumpet

Alexandra Ridout was crowned the winner of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 at the age of 17. Despite her youth, she is a remarkably mature musician with her own quintet. You can hear her for yourself when she plays Jazz Hastings this Tuesday (10 April) with local musicians Simon Thorpe (bass) and John Donaldson (piano) and Darren Becket (drums). In order to encourage more young people to attend, tickets for under-18s and students are only £2 for this gig! HOT’s Esme Needham caught up with Alexandra to ask her about all that’s jazz…

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