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Chiara Vinci in rehearsal.

Final rehearsals before first performance of people’s opera

With only days to go till the opening of the people’s opera Bloom Britannia, HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick dropped in on rehearsals to see how things were going.

Posted 21:09 Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Joshua Owen Mills, first up in the new Oxford Lieder/Fairlight Hall season.

Leading tenor kicks off Oxford Lieder season at Fairlight Hall

The second season of the collaboration between Fairlight Hall and the Oxford Lieder Festival gets under way with a recital by tenor Joshua Owen Mills. Dominika Hicks provides an introduction to both the singer and the set-up.

Posted 18:57 Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , ,
Fumiya Koido plays his way to first prize at this year's HIPCC (photo: John Cole).
Winner of the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

HIPCC prizewinner returns, managing director appointed

Fumiya Koido, winner of the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, returns to Hastings for a solo performance at Fairlight Hall. Meanwhile a managing director has been appointed to bring to fruition the organiser’s ambitious plans, including the inaugural International Piano Festival next year. HIPCC reports.

Hastings Philharmonic performing Messiah in Christ Church (photo: Peter Mould).

Rethinking Messiah

Easter is a natural time for performing Handel’s oratorio Messiah, with its theme of salvation. But the route from score to performance is not fixed, and HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick takes a look at different approaches to this popular work.

Posted 11:04 Friday, Apr 19, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Violetta on her death bed, attended by the trusty Dr Grenville ().

La Traviata staged against a background of impending war

HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick reviews Opera South East’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata at White Rock Theatre on Saturday 13 April. Photos from rehearsal by Mark Duncan.

Posted 10:37 Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Kristy Swift as Violetta and Harry Kersley as Alfredo.

Opera South East presents Verdi’s popular La Traviata

Opera South East brings Verdi’s immensely popular opera La Traviata to the White Rock Theatre this weekend, in a production set in the run-up to World War One, when the world will be changed for ever. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Mark Duncan.

Posted 19:03 Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 In: Music & Sound
Worship in Heaven by Carole

Celebrate Easter with music and art at the Stade!

Now in its third year, the Hastings Easter Festival is a vibrant music and arts festival to celebrate Easter on the Stade Open Space and Hall. HOT’s Vanessa Alves the delights that await.

White Rock Ukelele Orchestra.

A flavour of Beatles Day

Faced with more than 10 hours of music and more than 100 acts spread over four stages, the Beatles Day visitor has hard choices to make. HOT’s music reviewer Brian Hick was particularly entranced with an a capella group and a ukulele band.

Posted 12:17 Monday, Apr 8, 2019 In: Music & Sound
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