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The Tabs at the Royal Victoria Hotel

The Tabs – four superb musicians, one thrilling sound

Lucky for some – the crowd who squeezed into the Burton Room at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards for the Tabs Reunion Gig on Friday 13 December were treated to an early Christmas present

Posted 18:14 Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , , ,
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Where to go for festive music this Christmas

As usual Hastings and 1066 country offers a wide range of Christmas music concerts to suit all tastes. HOT’s Chris Cormack examines the pick of the bunch.

Hastings Philharmonic choir standing ovation at Christ Church November 2012

Hastings Philharmonic sings to the glory!

Brazilian maestro Márcio da Silva has challenged the Hastings Philharmonic Choir to its best efforts yet under his direction – in its performance this Saturday of Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, one of the greatest and most complex choral pieces of all time, writes HOT reporter and second tenor Chris Cormack.

Trevor Watts - Dialogues in two places - Veryan Weston www.hi4headrecords.com

Think global – play local!

Not so many people know that Hastings is home to one of the UK’s top jazz improvisers

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Kasai Masai: African beats by the sea

When Congolese band Kasai Masai performed on the Stade as part of the AfriKàBa festival, Jennifer Kennedy was there watching and listening.

Posted 18:28 Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , , ,
Kris Dollimore

Bluesman Kris Dollimore sets a high standard for Hastings

During a career in music spanning more than three decades, guitarist Kris Dollimore has travelled the world, gracing some of its greatest stages, and has played with numerous international bands and artists. Names you may have heard of include The Godfathers, The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders and Adam Ant. He also plays with Del Amitri, who just last week announced a UK tour for early 2014. Kris numbers the likes of Johnny Depp, David Bowie and Chrissie Hynde in his fan club. Musician Ian Greensmith gets excited about the upcoming gig at The Royal Standard.

Musicians from the Hastings Sinfonia and the Osaka Concert Orchestra

Unique opportunity at Composers’ Festival

As we came out of our third concert in two days of the second International Composers Festival, someone said “In the end, I’d prefer to hear some Beethoven”, thus showing he had entirely missed the point of this wonderful event.  Beethoven can be heard in bucketfuls on the radio and in concert halls.  We had had the unique opportunity to hear works recently created by some prodigiously talented composers, and performed by equally talented musicians, writes Antony Mair.

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Concert to aid Syrian refugees

Drummer and local resident, Jamie Harris, has lately been directing his energy and inspiration into organising a concert at The Roomz, in aid of refugees from Syria. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asked him some questions to find out more.

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