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Come on within, it’s the mighty Finn

In April 2014, HKB Finn, with the help of a host of amazing talents, developed a new poetry based opera  known as AMPLiFiER, the world’s first spoken-word opera, which is due to be performed in Hastings this Friday as part of the AfriKàBa Festival.

Penny Randall-Davis in flight mode

Queen of the Night sings to the moon

Instead of ‘can belto’ from a sixty foot tower, an accomplished soprano in demand all over the World for her Queen of the Night (Magic Flute)

Eddi Reader Photo by Genieveve Stevenson

Eddi Reader comes to St Mary in the Castle

Eddi Reader singing the line ‘It’s got to be perfect’ from Fairgound Attraction’s hit single Perfect had a profound impact on my life in 1989, when it was the UK number one single, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. I was engaged to be married – and the song seemed to highlight how things between my fiancé and me were anything but perfect; I ended the engagement and have subsequently  experienced no regret. Much like my relationship, Fairground Attraction hit the heights and then dissolved, but singing, song-writing and musical collaboration have continued to be a central theme in Eddi Reader’s life. 

UtterJazz featuring Ruthie Culver, Jonny Gee, Mick Foster, Dan Hewson and Andrea Trillo

Look, Stranger, what do you hear?

Look, Stranger featuring Ruthie Culver & the UtterJazz Quartet. Sunday 26 October at 4pm,

wellbeing from singing in a choir

Tune in to a new you!

Is it time to make a change for the better?  If you want to improve your mood for the better and build a band of friends around you, it has been shown that singing in a choir can be a game-changer and a positive boon, as far as your physical and mental health is concerned, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack. And the Hastings Philharmonic Choir wants to make it easy for you with a 10 week ‘Tune-up Tuesday’ singers’ workshop, which can lead to a full membership of the Choir.

The Eduardo Niebla Experience.

Big Green Cardigan hits the spot

In its fourth year and described as relaxed, chilled and intimate, not big or brash, the Big Green Cardigan festival held in early September delivered again. Siobhan O’Hanlon was there to drink it all in.

Dana and Susan Robinson

The return of ragged-trousered folk

After a three month break, literally, club organiser Tony Streeter broke his ankle and was not able to haul PA and lighting equipment around, raggedtrouseredfolk returns to the Jenny Lind on Tuesday 16 September with Dana and Susan Robinson from Asheville, North Carolina, writes Tony.

Posted 11:15 Monday, Sep 8, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
Barefoot Opera previews Carmen at St Leonards Festival Opera Garden Party July 2014     Photos by Runa Park

The barefoot gypsy in me

There’s something dark and savage in our blood which will out! Barefoot Opera Young Artists Tour, with its strong production values and demanding, genuinely educational rehearsal structure, will tour a nine-singer Carmen this year.  In keeping with its style, the singers learn to be both soloists and ensemble players, and are accompanied by a gypsy band of keyboard, accordion, clarinet and double-bass, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

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