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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.

Posted 12:28 Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Carl Orff carmina burana Chris Cormack Ed Scull Ellen Williams Francis Rayner Goliard Hastings Philharmonic Ricardo Panela Thomas Becket
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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.

Posted 11:56 Monday, Apr 1, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Barry Green Henry Lowther Jazz Hastings Julian Norridge Paul Clarvis Still Waters Woodstock
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Eminent music critic to write for HOT

HOT’s coverage of classical music in Hastings will be significantly improved with the addition of music critic Dr Brian Hick to our roster of writers. As well as allowing us to republish pieces from the Lark Reviews website which he set up, Brian will also write original articles for us, covering matters such as Barefoot Opera’s people’s opera project, Bloom Britannia.

Posted 14:51 Friday, Mar 29, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: barefoot opera Bexhill Light Operatic and Dramatic Society Brian Hick Denby Richards
The Feast of Fiddles group in action; image courtesy of Martin Oldham

Feast of Fiddles 2019 tour hits Hastings!

To celebrate their silver jubilee, the Feast of Fiddles, ‘Britain’s fiddling supergroup’ (as described by Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe) are embarking on a UK tour and will make a stop in Hastings, this Saturday 30 March at St Mary in the Castle. HOT’s Jordan Dixon spoke to the group’s founder Hugh Crabtree to learn more about them.

Posted 20:46 Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: feast of fiddles festivals Hugh Crabtree music st mary in the castle
Maxim on the Stade with girlfriend Maria Matveeva, also a pianist.

Second-placed Maxim Kinasov talks of his life in music

Maxim Kinasov, aged 25, from Russia, is to be congratulated for winning second prize in the Hastings International Piano Cconcerto Competition, while the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra also awarded him the well-deserved orchestra’s prize for his rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat Minor, Op 23, in the final. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver had the good fortune to be his host, and over suppers and a glass or two of wine, talked with him about his life in music.

Posted 21:26 Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Angie Phillip Chandra Masoliver HIPCC Maxim Kinasov RPO
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Guitar duo back in Hastings

The Jazz Hastings session on Tuesday 12 March brings a welcome return for two of the best guitarists around. Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier both have huge international reputations as individual artists, but together they reach new heights as the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project, says Julian Norridge.

Posted 14:40 Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Jazz Hastings Jeff Beck Julian Norrridge Peter Oxley
Fumiya Koido on his way to winning the HIPCC crown.

Piano crown goes to Koido as HIPCC broadens its horizons

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition came to a glorious climax on Saturday at the White Rock Hotel, with Japanese contestant Fumiya Koido declared the winner. Plans for enhancing the competition, including a piano festival next year, were also announced. Nick Terdre reports, photos by John Cole.

Posted 21:36 Monday, Mar 4, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Alexander Yau Andrew Harrison Frank wibaut Fumiya Koido Hastings International Pisno Concerto Competition Helen Winning HIPCC John Brunning Kowitz Maxim Kinasov Nick Terdre Rory Macdonald Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO Sylvia Jiang Yamaha
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Semi-Finals, 27 Feb. 2019
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Audience appeal vs technical virtuosity? A point of view

As finalists in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition enjoy a brief respite before summoning their forces for a final effort, Brian Hick, editor of Larks Review and a diligent observer of all stages of the competition, offers some thoughts from his seat in the stalls.

Posted 10:47 Friday, Mar 1, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Brian Hick Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Larks Review
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