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Opus: Classical music for everyone

Local musician, composer and creative innovator, Polo Piatti has a goal: to make classical music accessible to all, not only an elite, high earning percentage of the population. With this in mind, he and his team at The Opus Theatre put together affordable musical programmes for the people of this area with renowned musicians more used to performing at venues hosting thousands of people in the audience. How lucky we are to have such a generous, sincere organisation in our town. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 09:35 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
Welsh composer Luciano Williamson truimphed in Hastings Philharmonic's composition challenge.

Welsh composer wins Hastings Philharmonic challenge

The Challenge of Change Part 3, St Mary in the Castle, 3 May 2019: Hastings Philharmonic’s The Challenge of Change season came to an exciting climax on Friday with the largest professional orchestra the town has seen in many years and the final of the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Composition Competition, which was won by Welsh composer Luciano Williamson. HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick reports. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 20:16 Tuesday, May 7, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Fumiya Koido playing at this year's HIPCC.

HIPCC winner Fumiya Koido at Fairlight Hall, Saturday 4 May

Fumiya Koido, winner of this year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, made a fleeting visit at the weekend but was here just long enough to squeeze in a morning concert in the recital room at Fairlight Hall, writes HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick.

Posted 11:18 Sunday, May 5, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Battle Light Opera company in rehearsal.

Battle Light Opera presents Mel Brooks’ The Producers

Battle Light Opera Group open a four-day run of their new production, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, on Wednesday 8 May. Last year’s production won the company a prestigious award. Nick Terdre reports.

Hastings Philharmonic's chamber music ensemble - pianist Roman Kosyakov, violinist Angela Jung and cellist Will Robertson - with counter-tenor

Challenge of Change sessions prove an exciting new venture

Hastings Philharmonic has launched an exciting new venture this spring which brought an enthusiastic gathering together at The Beacon for an evening of poetry and music. Under the banner of The Challenge of Change, musician Marcio da Silva and poet Antony Mair approached the concept of change – but did so from very different perspectives, writes HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 15:44 Thursday, May 2, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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Composers come to Hastings to battle for competition prize

This Friday at St Mary in the Castle sees the climax of Marcio da Silva’s four-day Challenge of Change Festival with the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the brilliant Ayşen Ulucan on violin. The event also showcases the six finalist composers of the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Composition Competition, three of whom are present in Hastings for the occasion, writes Chris Cormack.

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Promising debut for Bloom Britannia at the De La Warr

Bloom Britannia, the people’s opera bringing together professional and amateur singers and drawing on input from all, had its first, partial, performance at the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday 28 April. HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick was there to witness this milestone in the work’s development. Photos by Chris Parker.

Posted 11:24 Wednesday, May 1, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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Tony Kofi: A Portrait of Cannonball

British jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi will be headlining at the next Jazz Hastings session on 7 May with his new show A Portrait of Cannonball. Julian Norridge supplies the details.

Posted 19:42 Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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