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Polo Piatti winkles up in Hastings

Polo Piatti is one of the personalities to show to the wider world what diverse musical talent there is to be had in 1066 country. Having shown the Hastings Tango Club the way to go with Argentinian music, Polo is now to be for the third time music director of the Hastings International Composers Festival, which is taking place on 24-26 Sepetember. Julian Norridge interviewed Polo about his life story and how he came to Hastings.

Sarah Jane Morris Photo permission SJM

Soulful, sensual and seductive: Sarah Jane Morris

Singer-songwriter, Sarah Jane Morris, is someone whose passion for social issues will appeal to the music lovers and revolutionaries of Hastings and St Leonards. Performing at The Masonic Hall this Friday – 4 September – HOT’s Zelly Restorick spoke to Sarah Jane about her career and her love of Hastings and St Leonards.

SJM painting used as backdrop at concert in Rome

International singer returns to St Leonards

Internationally acclaimed singer, Sarah Jane Morris, possessor of a deep and vibrant voice that resonates through to your soul, returns to St Leonards on Sea, a place very close to her heart. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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Bexhill Bound: Paul Simon in Sussex

In this article reprinted with the kind permission of The Stinger, Stuart Huggett recalls Paul Simon’s visit to Bexhill as a budding but unknown folk singer back in the 1960s.

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Fundraising for fire-damaged St Michael’s

Following the tragic fire of July 11th 2015 that affected and subsequently closed St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, a trio of Hastings-based musicians, promoters and local music enthusiasts decided that something needed to be done to help and support this much loved local service.

Fipple Consort

Fipple Consort – free concert

The Fipple Consort is a group of adults from Hastings who love playing recorders. Some have been playing since childhood, whilst others have come back to this beautiful instrument over the past year after a break of many years. The group’s Chris Green reports.

Posted 11:31 Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , ,
The Near Jazz Experience 17 July St Leonards

A near jazz experience at The Kino

The new cinema/theatre performance space behind Baker Mamonova continues to push artistic boundaries after its sell-out opening play last weekend. This Friday (17th July) brings The Near Jazz Experience to Hastings & St Leonards for the first time. HOT’s Erica Smith gets excited about the prospect…

Carmen Flyer

Opera South East’s Carmen production honoured

John Rycroft has just received an Accolade of Excellence 2014 for Musical Excellence. The reward was received on behalf of Opera South East for their production of Carmen last October. The award was made by the South East Region NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association)  at Wessex Arts Centre, Alton College in Hampshire, writes Chris Cormack.

Posted 17:17 Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015 In: Music & Sound
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