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Do you believe in magic?

Prepare for invasion – a troupe of young and exuberant singers are taking over St Mary in the Castle!  Barefoot Opera Young Artists, after their great success last year with Mozart’s Magic Flute, bring a characteristically fresh, physical and original production of Purcell’s operatic masterworks: The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

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Liane Carroll at The Roomz, Saturday

A preview by John Knowles

Posted 14:29 Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , ,
Deepak Ram

Indian classical and jazz musicians celebrate Mandela at St Mary’s

Maestro Deepak Ram will celebrate classical Indian composition with  bansuri flute and tabla player Manjeet Singh Rasiya at St Mary in the Castle next week. In the second half, they will also be accompanied by Terry Pack on double bass, Andy Williams on acoustic guitar and Nana Tsiboe on percussion for a memorable programme of jazz fusion that echoes a millennium concert given on Robben Island in honour of Nelson Mandela, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

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Hail St Mary’s!

St Mary-in-the-Castle has succeeded in completing the formalities for establishing its new management structure as a charitable trust and company limited by guarantee under the supervision of an  independent board of trustees. The trustees designate have been meeting for the last six months to plan how they will run the venue. Last week Charity Commission approval was obtained, writes Chris Cormack.

Posted 14:24 Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags:
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Accordion heaven

For lovers of the accordion this was indeed a weekend to be remembered with not one, but two outstanding performances. On Friday night we were treated to the dry wit, political satire and Jewish Klezmer punk of Canadian Geoff Berner and his stripped down band of violin and paired down drum kit. On Saturday we had the Tiger Lillies, playing dark songs with disturbing lyrics at the Stade. HOT’s John Knowles was there.

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Tiger Lillies at the Stade

Entertainment this Saturday July 6 at the Stade Open Space, Old Town, is provided by cult alternative cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies. HOT’s John Knowles previews the show.

Posted 15:23 Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , , ,
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Geoff Berner: “Fantastic” – Billy Bragg

Geoff Berner, highly acclaimed by none other than Billy Bragg, makes a rare appearance at The Roomz on Friday July 5th. We present a preview by John Knowles of Fetch.

Posted 16:11 Monday, Jul 1, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , , ,
Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

Defying the Weather – Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

We managed to get to a couple of concerts at the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival last week.  The what?   I hear you ask.  Peasmarsh is a tiny village to the northwest of Rye, with a diminutive church.  Violinist  Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester have organised this event for a decade: it involves a series of concerts over four days in Peasmarsh Church, writes Antony Mair.

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