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Songs inspired by the Finnish landscape - photo Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho from Lahti, Finland

Deep in the forest

Aino Konkka, a lyric mezzo-soprano with a passion for drama and good stagecraft, movement and language skills, will delight us in St Leonards this Friday with songs from Finland’s greatest composers all inspired by the Finnish landscape, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Mari Wyn Williams - a welcome return in 2016

Christmas and New Year cheer with Opera South East

On Sunday 6 December Opera South East presents an evening of Christmas delights in the old town with audience participation and a welcome performance by the Claremont Preparatory School Chamber Choir. The pupils of Claremont School were invited to join in a carol composing competition and some of their carols will be performed by the chorus of Opera South East.

Tricity Vogue's All Girl Swing Band
Photograph by Sin Bozkurt

Swinging ukeleles

Tricity Vogue presents her own blend of slink and sass – the music she likes to call “cheeky jazz”. Think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails!  Tricity Vogue’s own All Girl Swing Band joins her at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings on Friday 11 December. Tricity is an acclaimed cabaret performer in her own right and created her successful and modern swing band  with bags of musical talent and irrepressible charm, while adapting many modern classics to the ‘swing’ genre, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack

Photo courtesy Steeleye Span

Steeleye Span

The legendary Steeleye Span will perform at St Mary’s in the Castle on Thursday 10th December 2015.  Sean O’Shea talks with band members Liam Genockey, who lives in Hastings, and Maddy Prior about the band’s enduring popularity and some of their career highlights.

Claire's new album is her 12th.

Claire Hamill into the daylight

Local singer/songwriter Claire Hamill has just launched a new album. Hannah Collisson went to talk to her about it and her life in music. The interview is reprinted by kind permission of The Stinger.

Photo courtesy Skinny Lister

For the love of music

Skinny Lister is a popular, talented young folk group which as well as delighting local audiences, has swept the international stage in recent years. Hot’s Sean O’ Shea talks with their lead vocalist, Lorna Heptinstall about her journey in music, the band and her appreciation of Hastings.

Marcio coaxes out  the best of performances

Belo Horizonte to Hastings – the beautiful horizon

Hastings Philharmonic Choir is counting its lucky stars that its popular Brazillian music director from Belo Horizonte, Márcio da Silva, has chosen to settle in St Leonards with his lovely wife, Aysen and their two young children. This opens up an exciting new ‘beautiful horizon’ of possibilities for developing the choir’s abilities and ambitions over time; what is more Márcio will also play a part in the cultural regeneration of Hastings through music, writes Chris Cormack.

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