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Cutler's conception of Nimue and Merlin in his painting xx. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Merlin magic comes to St Mary in the Castle

Marcio da Silva is well known in town for his magnificent Hastings Philharmonic concerts with winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Not so well-known is the strength and depth of his opera productions with the Ensemble OrQuesta, writes Chris Cormack. This month he takes another bold leap forward with his first production of contemporary opera, Merlin, by local composer Keith Beal. The production has much welcome local support, including costumes by Gill Jenks, the wardrobe mistress for the Stables Theatre.

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Gwyneth Herbert’s letter songs at the Opus

Award-winning musician, Gwyneth Herbert ends her Letters I Haven’t Written tour at the Opus Theatre in Hastings on 18 October 2018. Here

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Coltrane recalled at Jazz Hastings gig

The music of jazz great John Coltrane will be centre-stage when Israeli-born saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his quartet headline at Jazz Hastings monthly gig on Tuesday 2 October. Julian Norridge reports.

Posted 12:39 Monday, Oct 1, 2018 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
Oskar's Amazing Adventure, a children's tale of a puppy's search for friendship.

Carnival opens Battle Festival this Sunday

The fifth Battle Festival launches this weekend with a FREE carnival for the whole community. Festival Fiesta on Sunday (30 September, 12-4pm) welcomes an array of colourful live events and family activities to the Abbey Green, as well as inside Battle Abbey itself (from 2pm). Hannah Collisson details the entertainment in store.

Posted 18:23 Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 In: Music & Sound
Red-hot red-head: there's never a dull moment when Carmen (Esme Bronwen Smith) is around.

Carmen at St Mary’s a tour de force

On Friday 21st Barefoot Opera gave its second performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen at St Mary in the Castle. For HOT reviewer Jo Wood it was quite simply a knock-out. Photos by Chris Parker.

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Brighter Day: Fundraising event for Citizens Advice 1066

A Brighter Day: a fundraising event organised by Keith Rodway for Citizens Advice 1066 will be held at The Printworks in Claremont in Hastings’ Trinity Triangle on Sunday 30 September between 4.00 and 10.30pm. A Brighter Day features 15 acts from the vibrant Hastings and St Leonards music scene; each will perform a short set of original material in support of CA 1066, an independent charity with no government funding, relying entirely on donations. Many of these artists also contributed to a benefit CD, which is currently available via selected outlets around the town and at the event.

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Carmen for all tastes from Barefoot Opera

There are two more chances to see Barefoot Opera’s dazzling production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen in Hastings – either this Friday at St Mary in the Castle or, if a shortened version is more up your street, at the Source Park on Sunday 30. Director Jenny Miller talks to HOT’s Nick Terdre. Photos by Chris Parker.

From the festival in 2015.

Feast of new music at composers festival

More than 200 musicians, 70 pieces of music, composers flying in from all over the world and a Japanese dance troupe: all will feature in the Fourth International Composers Festival, which will take place in Hastings and Bexhill from 21 to 23 September. Julian Norridge provides the details.

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