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Opera South East presents Mozart’s Magic Flute

Opera South East will be performing Mozart’s ever popular opera The Magic Flute on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April at White Rock Theatre. Here they preview the production.

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Sgt Pepper top of the bill at Beatles Day

It’s Beatles Day at White Rock Theatre this Sunday so it must be spring! There’s a special anniversary this year – it’s 50 years since the phenomenal Sgt Pepper album was launched on an unsuspecting world. Nick Terdre remembers it well. Photos by Russell Jacobs of the 2016 event.

New-look gigspanner: Peter Knight, left, Roger Flack, right, with new man Sasha Trochet.

New-look Gigspanner in dazzling form

Tony Woods.

Folk-inspired jazz from Tony Woods group

An evening of eloquent, melodic, folk-inspired jazz from the Tony Woods Project is in store at Jazz Hastings’ April concert, as Julian Norridge explains.

John Bownas, left, with Beans on Toast.

Live music club off to a flyer

A local Hastings music promoter is turning the traditional model of organising a music gig on its head: rather than booking musicians and bands and then selling tickets, John Bownas has started a live music club, with members paying just £7 per month so that quality new bands can be brought from around the country (and beyond) to play in town. He told Nick Terdre about his brainwave.

Getting in the mood: members of the Seaview Choir with Andy T King.

Elvis takes the stage for Seaview Choir

A memorable evening is in store next Saturday, 18 March, when Elvis impersonator Andy T King gives a concert in aid of the Seaview Project’s choir. Nick Terdre reports.

The winner played Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F.

Broberg takes piano competition prize

After the two-day final on Friday and Saturday, the winner of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was finally chosen from the six finalists. HOT correspondent Heidi de Winter was there to see him crowned and offers her thoughts on a memorable, if gruelling, 10 days. Photos by Richard Grebby of RG Studios.

Meng-Sheng Shen from Taiwan, one of the six finalists.

Six ready for piano competition final

After the initial stages and the semi-finals, the contestants in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition have been whittled down to six finalists. HOT’s correspondent Heidi de Winter watched the semi-finals, the first time in which the young pianists were required to perform unaccompanied. Photos by Richard Grebby of RG Studios.

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