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Prizewinner returns for autumn recital

2014 winner of the Hastings International Piano Competition, Taek Gi Lee, has returned to the UK for a few select performances, including another recital at Fairlight Hall this Saturday, 31 October. This evening, 28 October, he is centrepiece of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra programme at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon with one of the most popular works ever written for the piano: Grieg’s piano concerto. HOT’s Chris Cormack knows Taek-Gi will  show how he can master the dramatic opening,  the rich lyrical melodies and the other passages of show-stopping virtuosity.

Posted 11:14 Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Chris Cormack Fairlight Hall Grieg's piano concerto Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Susan Elkin Taek Gi Lee The Kent Messenger

Making the music his own

What separates a musician from the crowd? Is it not the way he makes the music his own? Which is why I knew I’d asked the wrong question, when I asked Daniel Rainey what was his favourite music to play? It is as if the music he is currently playing is always his favourite – more importantly it is his! HOT’s Chris Cormack writes on a musical phenomenon, who graced the Hastings International Composers Festival for all four concerts.

Posted 14:59 Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Daniel Rainey Danzi Osaka Wind Quintet Hastings International Composers' Festival Hiroko Ueda Hiroshi Oe John Williams Kiyoshi Fukuda Kohji Tsuji Miho Sanou Nicola Benedetti nigel hess Nobuya Monta Tomoko Konishi

Dom Pipkin heralds new music nights in St Leonards

Friday night is music night in October at the Kino-Teatr in Norman Road. Proprietor Russell Baker has curated a schedule of exciting acts, ranging from New Orleans piano, cinematic song smithery, bossanova mouth trumpet, operatic violin pop to Franco-American chanson.

Posted 08:30 In: Music & Sound Tags: Dom Pipkin Earl Okin Julie McKee Kino-Teatr Kirsten Morrison Marianne Dissard music

Dance, film and music at AfriKàBa festival

Hastings is host to a series of events celebrating African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture through dance, film and music. The AfriKàBa festival commences on 3 October in conjunction with Black History Month. Zoya Mathison reports.

Posted 08:41 Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Africa Afrikaba dance Dear White People Electric Palace cinema Hastings Film Gwyneth Glyn Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Seckou Keita Sonpikkante the Stade Zoya Mathison

East meets West in Hastings

Next Thursday, 24 September, the International Composers Festival presents an evening of the exquisite music of composer, Nobuya Monta. It will include the one act opera, Otohimé; a world-premiere in its full orchestral version and performed in stunning national costumes coming specially from Japan, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack

Posted 21:55 Thursday, Sep 17, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Ayaka Tanimoto Chris Cormack Daniel Rainey danzi string quintet Kanae Yasumoto Nobuya Monta Otohime Yukiko Okabe

C’mon Hastings! Support the Campaign for Real Music!

Robert Draper, a participant composer in the upcoming International Composers’ Festival, has strong views as to how classical music should be – and they’re not in accord with the thinking of modern academia. Music, he believes, has greater worth when borne of  instinct; when a product of the soul. HOT’s Chris Cormack interviews him on his ideas and the music. Come to the International Composers’ Festival and find out more.

Posted 12:23 Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: 2015 International Composers' Festival Baroque music Campaign for Real Music Chris Cormack Classicus De La Warr Pavilion Evgenia Chudinovich Hastings Kenneth Roberts Polo Piatti robert draper Romantic music St Mary in the Caste tonal composers
The Coal Porters 2015 Credit Dan Lenartowicz

Catch The Coal Porters at The Stade

The Coal Porters, one of the UK’s finest alt-bluegrass acts, hit the road this autumn for some memorable shows before they rest up for 2016. This is their last British tour behind their well-received album, ‘Find The One’, the sixth album from ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin’s stellar new act. The album shows The Coal Porters expanding their palette as they take acoustic folk and bluegrass into previously uncharted waters.

Posted 09:30 Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Brian Matthew Find The One John Wood Kerenza Peacock Paul Fitzgerald Richard Thompson Sid Griffin The Coal Porters

Polo Piatti winkles up in Hastings

Polo Piatti is one of the personalities to show to the wider world what diverse musical talent there is to be had in 1066 country. Having shown the Hastings Tango Club the way to go with Argentinian music, Polo is now to be for the third time music director of the Hastings International Composers Festival, which is taking place on 24-26 Sepetember. Julian Norridge interviewed Polo about his life story and how he came to Hastings.

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