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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.

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: , , , ,
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: , , , ,
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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: , , , ,
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.

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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.

Eric Guo: the 16-year-old may be the youngest ever entrant in the competition.

Six compete for piano crown

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is approaching its climax, with six contestants selected for the final on Friday and Saturday evenings at the White Rock Theatre. Nick Terdre reports, photos by John Cole.

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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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