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The Flaming Galahs at the Beacon, 24 August

Wikipedia tells us that ‘galah’ is another name for the rose-breasted cockatoo; Urban Dictionary explains that a ‘flaming galah is a person who makes a fool of themselves, but isn’t afraid to laugh at themselves when everyone else starts laughing at them.’ In Hastings, The Flaming Galahs are an all-female musical trio consisting of Krysia Mansfield on vocals, Lucy Mulgan on double bass and vocals, and Lesley Anne Sammons on piano and vocals. HOT reporter Cathy Simpson spent an evening at the Beacon being enthralled and entertained!

Ingrid Pitt Orchestra.

Busking cornucopia coming to the Stade

An exciting day of music awaits on the Stade this Saturday when the Gilded Hand is raised and the second International Buskers Fair gets under way. Organiser John Knowles hopes the event will help carve out a bigger space for busking in Hastings, as he explained to Nick Terdre.

Stardust movie image

Summer Music Season at the Electric Palace

Electric Palace cinema is once again bringing the sights and sounds of the Summer music festivals to your doorstep, with its annual Summer Music Season. For 2014, the cinema is hosting a range of music-themed events, including live gigs, guest Q&As, opera and dance workshops, an outdoor event and ‘David Quantick Introduces…’ sessions, writes Annie Waite.

title role Rinaldo - set and costumes by Faye Bradley

Reconnect with your Inner Child…

Opera director Jenny Miller invites you to ‘reconnect with your Inner Child’ and enjoy a remarkable Handel opera next Saturday, 19 July, at St Mary in the Castle, as part of the Longborough Opera tour. HOT’s Chris Cormack talks to Jenny about the staging of Handel’s Rinaldo.

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Hastings welcomes its own new orchestra

For those lovers of the International Composers Festival, who regret not having their usual opportunity of hearing recently composed classical tonal music here in Hastings, there is – this year at least – an exciting new development for romantic music, namely the first official concert of the Hastings Sinfonia. And the concert will include many much loved soloists from earlier Composers’ Festivals for us to enjoy, once again under the expert lead of conductor Derek Carden. HOT’s Chris Cormack writes.

The recital room and yard at Fairlight Hall

The well-tempered piano put through its paces

This Saturday evening, 5 July,  Hastings’ piano champion returned to delight us at Fairlight Hall and put the piano through its paces again with something old, something new… writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Taek Gi Lee photo: John Cole

Hastings backed a winner!

The word is that this year’s Hastings  International Piano Concerto Competition surpassed the Leeds International Piano Competition in the quality of the entrants – (Leeds is usually regarded as the ‘brand leader’ in the UK). This must be largely due to the brilliant young winner of this year’s Hastings competition who will be returning to Hastings only in July to perform a special summer recital in the grounds of Fairlight Hall, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

The Shapes flyer 2014 Union Bar gig

Shapes of things to come

It’s hard to miss artist Ben Browton around town. These days, he is sometimes known as Agent Orange, the persona behind the TOXIC project. He has also been Sister Bendy on Eurotrash, and a member of a tranny punk band called Candy Darling. But back in the heady days of punk, Ben was the singer with a legendary band called The Shapes. They have reformed and are currently touring the country on the You’ll Do Yourself A Mischief tour, which ends at The Union Bar on Saturday 14 June. HOT’s Erica Smith gets the back-story, and advises us to get along because this might be the last ever opportunity to see The Shapes on stage…

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