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Claire Martin brings an evening of jazz to the piano festival

An Evening of Jazz, St Mary in the Castle, Thursday 5 March 2020: The newly launched Hastings International Piano Festival aims to cover all aspects of the piano, and so brought a jazz evening to St Mary’s, led by Claire Martin, as HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick reports. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 12:59 Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 In: Music & Sound

Virtuoso performances at piano festival gala concert

White Rock Theatre, Saturday 29 February 2020: Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has gone biennial – it will next take place in 2021 – and the intervening years will host the Hastings International Piano Festival, the latest addition to the town’s cultural offer. Last week saw the first events, including a gala concert attended by HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 11:10 Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Brian Hick Fumiya Koido Hastings International Piano Festival Ian Roberts Royal Philharmonic Sylvia Jiang Vanessa Latarche

New Annual Awards event at Conquest Hospital Radio

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved. Apologies on behalf of HOT for posting this later than intended – but really want to honour the people who’ve volunteered their time and energy providing a very necessary service for people in hospital who want a personal and local connection – to stay in touch with the outside world. 

Posted 10:23 Monday, Mar 2, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Conquest Hospital Radio Maxine Wright-Moore

Leading piano and vibraphone duo on the Jazz Hastings stage

Lewis Wright and Kit Downes, one of the most virtuosic and original duos in modern British jazz, combining vibraphone and piano, will be performing at Jazz Hastings’ monthly session on 3 March. Julian Norridge provides the introductions.

Posted 15:32 Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Jazz Hastings Julian Norridge Kit Downes Lewis Wright

Lack of plan no impediment to enjoying Saturday Unplugged

Darren Johnson couldn’t get any friends to come with him to savour the delights of Saturday Unplugged, when a myriad of lesser known bands play short acoustic sets in numerous pubs across the Old Town and now St Leonards. But that didn’t daunt him, and of course he had a brilliant time, as logged below. Darren also took the photos.

Posted 18:44 Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Creature Creature Darren Johnson Doghouse Outhouse Earl Grey fat tuesday Lost Revellers Saturday Unplugged Sister Suzie

A festival to inspire Hastings’ young musical talent

This week sees the first event of the inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival which takes place from 26 February to 8 March at the White Rock Theatre and St Mary in the Castle. The festival homes in on all genres of music with an educational and entertaining offering of events. Young under-21 budding musicians should take special notice, as they can enjoy these mostly free of charge, writes

Posted 16:09 In: Music & Sound Tags: Eggtooth Project electric palace cinema Fumiya Koido Guy Chambers Hastings International Piano Festival Holly Cullen-Davies Joel Culpepper Kamilla Arku Kids Concert Company Lucy Parham Marie White Nocturne: the Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin Pasadena Roof Orchestra Puppini Sisters Rachel Portman Reuben James Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sylvia Jiang White Rock Theatre Youth Theatre

Meet Rachael Perrin from Soundcastle

Soundcastle is a Hastings-based creative music-making social enterprise which supports the development of wellbeing, confidence and resilience in communities. On Friday 20 March Soundcastle will be running an “Innovation through Improvisation” workshop at the AltPitch festival’s The Platform one-day conference. HOT’s Erica Smith asked director Rachael Perrin to tell us more about what Soundcastle offers.

Posted 18:53 Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: AltPitch Anastasia Witts Business communities community digital technology enterprise music musicians Perrin Rachael Rachael Perrin Soundcastle technology

A very special evening with Ayşen Ulucan at Christ Church

Ayşen Ulucan returns to Christ Church, St Leonards, for a violin recital of early classical and modern music this Saturday, 22 February, at 7pm. Students and under-18s get free entrance, so it’s just the thing for students of the violin, writes

Posted 11:22 Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Aysen Ulucan Christ Church St Leonards Hastings Philharmonic
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