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Forty two vie for piano competition glory

This year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which promises to be the biggest and best ever, will start at the White Rock Theatre on Thursday February 23 and run until the grand two-evening final on 3 and 4 March. The organiser’s Julian Norridge sets the scene. Photos by Richard Grebby of RG Studios.

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Save The Tub!

Local venue under threat but you can help. The venue, known variously as The Union Bar, The Tub or The Tubman to its many loyal users has to find approximately £5,000 to improve fire safety within the pub, or it will have to close down by the end of February. Andy Gunton writes.

Source Park on Hastings seafront

Big Air on a G String

The world’s largest subterranean skate park – Source in Hastings – normally resounds to an eclectic mix of rock, punk and hip hop, but on Tuesday 14 February, freestyle BMXers and skateboarders will be able to hear some of the world’s most talented young pianists killing it on the keyboard of a grand piano while they shred the vert. Alison Levinson writes.

The Lantern Society in full swing

The Lantern Society

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou’s Lantern Society reads the hand stitched bunting, dappled in flickering candlelight and red glow. A thriving hubbub and forum, cauldron and big top. A throng of performers and listeners alike gathered from all over town and beyond jostle and meet. There’s no list for players to sign up, it’s not even first come first served, for at the Lantern Society fortune favours the brave.

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A Winter’s Tale

Come and enjoy the lovely singing of Harmony One in aid of the Snowflake Night Shelter on Saturday 11 February at St Clements Church in Hastings Old Town. A Winter’s Tale features contemporary settings of Shakespeare’s lyrics for female voices. You can be sure there will be some beautiful harmonies and exquisite melodies. Debbie Warren writes.

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Here comes 1st Annual Hastings Music Month

Hull may have scooped ‘City of Culture’ for 2017, but Hastings and Rother don’t care – because now we’re a self-styled ‘Music City’ and nobody is going to take that title away after a year: this is for keeps. John Bownas writes with undisguised enthusiasm about his discovery of the Music City concept and why he – and others – believe it’s an ideal opportunity for economic regeneration and growth.

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Trash’d brings Thomas Truax to town TONIGHT!

Musician and soundsmith, Thomas Truax, he of the songs that are stories and self-created instruments will be appearing as part of the Trash Cannes Festival at a venue that is as unique as he is, Kino Teatr in St Leonards-on-Sea. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks Truax some questions and discovers how his creative ingenuity and stubborn determination have helped forged his musical pathway.

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