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A ‘Serge’ of musical activity at De La Warr Pavilion

The De La Warr Pavilion is having a new renaissance as the centre for cutting edge electronic music. HOT’s Erica Smith raves about their current musical programming.

Abtei im Eichwald - Caspar David Friedrich, Alte Nationalgallerie, Berlin

It’s good to mourn

‘Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.’ So begins Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, which is to be performed by the Battle Choral Society at Christ Church, St Leonards, this Saturday. HOT’s Chris Cormack argues that it is important for our spiritual and emotional well-being to confront the transitory nature of life sometimes.

Susannah Appleyard, singing with Barefoot Opera

Saucy Susannas sing

Hastings musicians, Susannah Appleyard Soprano and Robert Aldwinckle piano accompanist, have concocted a concert of  famous singing Susannas, immortalised by Handel, Mozart and Carlisle Floyd, to celebrate a well loved soprano who is in her prime, writes Chris Cormack.

Scroobius Pip

Pipped at the post…

Lyricist Scroobius Pip (left) is one half of the chart-topping hip-hop duo dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip. Going back a few years, the duo worked with Hastings film-maker Richard Heslop and local teens to make their ‘Get Better’ video in Lacuna Place and Queensbury House, Hastings. So far, sadly, the nearest they have got to playing a gig in Hastings will be Eastbourne’s Winter Gardens on Wednesday 30 April. Scroobius Pip writes in an honest and direct manner, leaving out the hedonistic and instead aiming for the raw and heavy. Helen Brown interviewed him about his approach to making music in the digital age.

Aysen Ullucan, violin soloist

Romance at St Mary in the Castle

The Hastings Philharmonic Choir is looking forward to having grandstand seats to what should be a splendid concert of orchestral music, namely Brahms’ violin concerto in D, performed by the Ensemble OrQuestra. At the same time, the choir is taking on a choral programme of Brahms and Cherubini Romantic music that will surprise and stun. The choir’s youthful music director, Márcio Da Silva, is building a reputation for taking on challenges brilliantly, in the words of John Kennedy, not because they are easy, but because they are hard – and next Saturday 26 April at St Mary in the Castle, we’ll be transported to the moon on the crest of a wave of Romantic music, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack

Jamie Harris

Kens Milk make St Leonards debut

Percussionist, Jamie Harris, bass player, James Davison and tenor saxophonist, Ken Beattie have combined their musical talents to create a unique fusion of music influenced by jazz, world music, funk, free improv and rock and roll in their new band, Kens Milk, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.

Dead Belgian

Dead Belgian at The Roomz

If there is one performance from the past that I would have liked to have witnessed it would have been Jacques Brel performing ‘Dans Le Port d’Amsterdam’ writes HOT’s John Knowles.

Which Blair Project with Dr Savage.

A splendid time was guaranteed for all

It’s only a teenager, now in its 15th year, but Beatles Day has grown into a massive event. Last Sunday saw some 70 acts and 350 performers – 95% of the bands are from Hastings – divided between the main stage and the more intimate downstairs space of the White Rock Hotel. Nick Terdre enjoyed the show.

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