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Polo Piatti - Composer of Libera Nos

Experienced singers wanted!

Celebrated Hastings-based composer Polo Piatti is looking for 20 committed singers to join the distinguished London Mozart Players performing the world-premiere of his powerful and emotional multi-faith oratorio Libera Nos. The new choir will also be joined by members of the Hastings Sinfonia, five soloists and a children’s choir. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver reports.

Members of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra working with pupils at St Richards.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra links up with piano festival

As its inaugural season approaches, Hastings International Piano Festival has gone into partnership with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) to provide a platform for the orchestra’s ambitious 2020 educational offer. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 18:34 Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Ark Alexandra Natonal Youth Jazz Orchestra Nick Terdre piano festival St Richards
Xhosa Cole - BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018.

Jazz Hastings welcomes Xhosa Cole Quartet for first gig of 2020

Posted 10:27 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: James Owston Jay Phelps Jazz Hastings Jim Bashford Julian Norridge Xhosa Cole
O'Higgins/Luft Quartet:

O’Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane at Jazz Hastings

An established giant of the UK Jazz scene and a young ‘firebrand’ will be coming together at the next Jazz Hastings session on Tuesday 17 December playing numbers from their new CD. Julian Norridge provides the background.

Posted 12:55 Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Dave O'Higgins Jazz Hastings Julian Norridge Rob Luft Scott Flanigan
Sunday 26th November 2017, info: , 
Clare Norburn soprano;  Ariane Prussner mezzo, percussion;  Kaisa Pulkkinen harp & recorder;  Patience Tomlinson actor 

picture by Robert Piwko /

Hear the stories behind the carols, from The Telling

Does the origin of carols interest you? Acclaimed medieval group The Telling bring the stories behind the earliest carols from the Middle Ages and traditional carols from across Europe to St Clement’s Church on Sunday 15 December.

Posted 10:56 Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Ariane Prussner carols Clare Norburn Kaisa Pulkkinen Kate Anderson Telling
Sandwiched between conductor , left, and pianist Thomas Pandolfi, Polo Piatti takes a bow following the world premiere of his new piano work.

Standing ovation for world premiere of Piatti’s piano work

Hastings-based composer Polo Piatti in conversation with HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick after receiving a standing ovation at the world premiere of his new piano work.

Posted 18:22 Friday, Dec 6, 2019 In: Music & Sound
The Sweet's current line-up: from left, Bruce Bisland (drums, vocals), Lee Small (bass, vocals), Paul Manzi (lead vocals) and Andy Scott (lead guitar), vocals).

Sweet thoughts from Andy Scott ahead of Bexhill gig

Ahead of their gig at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion on 21 December, Darren Johnson talks to the Sweet’s Andy Scott who, along with Brian Connolly, Mick Tucker and Steve Priest, was part of the classic 1970s line-up and continues with the band to this day.

Posted 16:31 Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Andy Scott Bruce Bisland Darren Johnson Lee Small Mike Chapman Paul Manzi Rock Against Cancer Steve Mann Steve Priest Sweet Tony O'Hora

A Christmas Celebration with Joe Stilgoe

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition recently issued the following 

Posted 13:25 Monday, Dec 2, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: Joe Stilgoe st mary in the castle
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