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Frederic Chopin and Georges Sand in Mallorca

Chopin & Chips moves to St Mary-in-the-Castle

The Opera South East presentation of CHOPIN & CHIPS has been moved from the Stade Hall to St Mary-in-the-Castle at 8pm this Saturday, 29 June. Ken Roberts, musical director of Opera South East will take a serious, and at the same time light-hearted, look at Chopin’s time in Majorca, writes Chris Cormack.

Portinari, Candido (1903-1962) - 1947 Lampiao and Maria Bonita courtesy RasMarley

Hastings choir sings of ‘looters and bandits’

Hastings Philharmonic Choir has an unusual treat in its next concert, ‘American Journey’, on Saturday 22 June.  It goes back to the musical roots of its great new musical director, Márcio Da Silva, with a varied Brazilian and North American song book. Márcio, who grew up in Brazil and later lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and sang with the famous Phoenix Boys Choir, has chosen some crackers from samba to spirituals. Among the songs is one about the notorious bandit Lampião, writes Chris Cormack.

Fairlight Hall piano recital courtesy Antony Mair

Frozen out at Fairlight Hall

The thing about summer in the UK is that we’ve all got this idealised picture of balmy afternoons and evenings, strawberries and cream, cricket matches in the heat etc. – whereas the truth is very different.  People moan about climate change but I have distinct recollections of watching opera in country house venues years ago with the rain lashing down on the marquee – even one occasion at Glyndebourne when everyone was picnicking on the covered walkways like stranded refugees in dinner jackets, writes Antony Mair.

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Adeola to headline on the Stade this Saturday

HOT’s Erica Smith sings the praises of one of Hastings’ rising stars.

Francis Rayner - http://francisrayner.com/

Music as beautiful as a picture

If impressionist painting is your love, why not try the tonal paintings of an impressionist music concert? One of Hastings’ most accomplished musicians, pianist Francis Rayner, plays for a select audience with his partner, oboist Susan Hutton, at Respond Academy, Silchester Mews. this Friday 7 June at 7.30pm. It is part of the ‘One of Many Jazz Sessions’ organised by jazz musician Reg Hendrickse at the academy. HOT reporter Chris Cormack interviewed Francis Rayner on his busy life, spanning two cultural worlds and his upcoming concerts.

Dead Belgian at The Roomz

Dead Belgian comes to the Roomz – June 22nd

For closet Jacques Brel fans this is a must see night. Hailing all the way from, Liverpool (my home town) Dead Belgian plays a range of Brel songs, bringing their own deliciously ramshackle approach to his unique catalogue, writes HOT’s John Knowles.

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Tekameli at the Stade

Some much needed Mediterranean warmth was brought to a cool Stade last night by the Catalonian band Tekameli, writes HOT’s Paul Way-Rider.

Posted 13:08 Sunday, May 19, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Strange and twangling instruments…

On Friday 24 May, St Leonards is in for a treat when the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments perform at St John’s Church in Pevensey Road. HOT’s Erica Smith asked the organiser Glenys Jacques what inspired her to invite them to play.

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