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Loud Noises - one of the multitude of bands taking part in the Fat Tuesday festivities.

Fat Tuesday festivities break out on Friday

Now in its eleventh year, Hastings’ annual Mardi Gras celebration, Fat Tuesday, where scores of acts converge on dozens of venues to entertain thousands of punters for five days of music and general madness, launches on Friday 21 February this year. Darren Johnson surveys the rich offer of music and entertainment which lies in store. Images supplied by Fat Tuesday PR team.

Posted 12:15 Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Baxter Dury Darren Johnson fat tuesday Greentea Peng Kid Kapichi King Size Slim Kudu Blue Loud Noises Umbrella Parade
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Jazz and laughter from Mike and Herbie on Valentine’s Day

If jazz and laughter create your desired atmosphere on Valentine’s Day, an evening with Mike Hatchard and Herbie Flowers at St Mary in the Castle could be just the place for you, as venue manager Sean Berkeley explains.

Posted 17:32 Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Mike Hatchard st mary in the castle
Ethan Iverson and Martin Speake.

Quartet of the best graces the Jazz Hastings stage

A great international quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic will be featured at Jazz Hastings’ February session on Monday 17th, writes Julian Norridge.

Posted 20:00 Monday, Feb 10, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Calum Gourlay Jazz Hastings Jorge Rossy Julian Norridge
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Traditional production of Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly, White Rock Theatre, Thursday 6 February 2020: HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick attended the single performance of Puccini’s tragic opera last week.

Posted 18:43 Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 In: Music & Sound
The London Mozart Players gave their first Hastings concert at Opus Theatre in November.

Evening of strings with London Mozart Players on Friday

String music is the theme at St Mary in the Castle this Friday when the London Mozart Players return to Hastings for the second concert in their LMP by the Sea series. The finale will see them joined by 100 young string players from the area, writes  Nick Terdre.

Posted 18:02 Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Celebrating Strings Fiddler's Hill Hastings Area Music Centre Jeff Moore London Mozart Players Nick Terdre Opus Theatre Ruth Rogers st mary in the castle
Fabulous Red diesel on stage at St Mary in the Castle -  photo by John Sutton

Red Diesel and James Taylor Quartet at St Mary in the Castle

A well attended night at St Mary’s and the crowd were clearly here to see both bands in action. Nick Weekes was sitting in a balcony box taking notes.

Posted 09:13 Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Fabulous Red Diesel James Taylor Quartet Kat Lee Ryan
Taking a bow: from left, Polo Piatti, Howard Southern, Derek Carden and Thomasin Tresize.

Packed house for Hastings Sinfonia’s winter concert

Hastings Sinfonia’s Winter Concert, Saturday 1 February 2020: It was a packed house at St John the Evangelist church in St Leonards-on-Sea for the opening performance of the new season. Among the well entertained audience was HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 14:21 Monday, Feb 3, 2020 In: Music & Sound
Part of Hastings Sinfonia's wind section.

Beethoven’s birth remembered in Hastings Sinfonia’s opening concert of 2020 season

Hastings Sinfonia includes a well-known work by Beethoven in its opening 2020 season concert on Saturday 1 February in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birthday. In mid-year it has concerts with the London Mozart Players and separately will be presenting a concerto written around Queen’s greatest hits. Chair Sandra Goodsell describes what waits in store.

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