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The piano competition – what’s it all about?

The stock of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has risen irresistibly in recent years, and the competition now stands alongside the Leeds International Piano Competition as one of the UK’s leading events in this field. But what exactly is the point of a competition like this? The organiser’s Julian Norridge put the question to competition director Professor Frank Wibaut. Photos by Richard Grebby of RG Studios.

Posted 10:28 Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 In: Music & Sound Tags: Frank wibaut Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition HIPCC Julian Norridge Leeds International Piano Competition Richard Grebby Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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Fat  Tuesday festival needs you!

John Knowles, volunteer co-ordinator for Fat Tuesday,

Posted 20:08 Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 In: Music & Sound Tags: After show party fat tuesday John Knowles. volunteers
Marcin Koziak (Poland)   Photograph: John Cole

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.

Posted 17:11 Monday, Feb 13, 2017 In: Music & Sound Tags: Frank wibaut HIPCC Jerwood Gallery Julian Norridge Royal Philharmonic Orchestra RPO Timothy Henty
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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.

Posted 08:14 Friday, Feb 10, 2017 In: Music & Sound Tags: Alison Levinson Frank wibaut Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition HIPCC Marc Moore Silverdale Primary Academy Source Source Park White Rock Theatre
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.

Posted 15:04 Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 In: Music & Sound Tags: Alan King Andy Gunton Bill and Eddy Odel ExPatriot hannah lou Harry Osbourne Otti Albietz trevor moss
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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.

Posted 13:57 In: Music & Sound Tags: A Winter's Tale debbie warren Harmony One The Snowflake Trust The Two Towers Handbells
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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.

Posted 12:19 In: Music & Sound Tags: Andy Gunton City of Culture Hastings and Rother Music City Hastings Music Month Music City The Flyer The Stinger
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