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Hastings Fat Tuesday was started in 2009 by event producer Adam Daly and musician Bob Tipler and is now the UK’s largest Mardi Gras festival;  It is Hastings’ answer to the New Orleans Mardi Gras, with a programme of live music over five days featuring local, national, and international acts.

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Spiritual revival – time to join the bandwagon!

The Hastings Philharmonic Choir is presenting more contemporary classical choral music with a strong spiritual impetus. After Arvo Pärt last Autumn, the choir  put on an enormously well received Christmas concert which, together with the old favourites, included brand new works from Chilcott and Rutter. This week, the choir again presents some deeply religious modern music to move the soul. HOT’s Chris Cormack argues that this resonates with a growing need to revive true spirituality in an increasingly confusing world, where religious dogma lies behind some horrific acts of barbarity.

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Divas unleashed!

Whether it be Buxton or Bust or Opera South East’s Divas, we can do a whole lot of celebrating women in opera this weekend – and don’t forget the beautiful Thomasin Trezise and Midsummer Melodies at St John the Evangelist in St Leonards this Saturday! We are spoilt for choice here in 1066 country, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Hastings Sinfonia at St John's earlier this year

Hastings Sinfonia for your pleasure

The Hastings Sinfonia present a concert of ‘Midsummer  Melodies’ for your enjoyment, writes Chris Cormack. The orchestra consists of local talented amateur and professional musicians, who meet twice a month throughout the year. The conductor is Derek Carden, who travels from London especially to conduct the Hastings Sinfonia, and the leader is professional violinist and teacher Peter Fields, who has played in many of the great English orchestras.

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Piano competition plays on to next stage

The artistic director of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Frank Wibaut, has announced more exciting and ambitious plans for the expansion of what is already one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the UK.

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A cycle of Greats from Battle

Battle Choral Society’s spring concert on Saturday 16 May at Christ Church begins with two works by Wagner, the Siegfried Idyll and the Wesendonck Lieder song cycle, followed by the Mass in F minor by Bruckner, part of a cycle of the greatest choral works of all time, presented by the choir, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

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Alice Privett sings

A beautiful, accomplished young classical singer will delight us with songs and arias from the classical repertoire, including Schubert’s masterpiece, ‘Shepherd on the Rock’, to help raise money for this year’s  Young Artists’ touring production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore on 5 September. The performance will be topped off with accompaniment by outstanding clarinettist, Andrew Sparling, and Glyndebourne pianist, Nicholas Bosworth, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Sussex Concert Orchestra at Christ Church, St Leonards

Film music for a young audience

The Sussex Concert Orchestra will perform an interesting selection of Sibelius, Smetana ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ symphonic dances together with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.  This is an opportunity for film and musical buffs to reinforce their appreciation of the music they learned to love in the cinema and theatre, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

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