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If there is one performance from the past that I would have liked to have witnessed it would have been Jacques Brel performing ‘Dans Le Port d’Amsterdam’ writes HOT’s John Knowles.

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Which Blair Project with Dr Savage.

A splendid time was guaranteed for all

It’s only a teenager, now in its 15th year, but Beatles Day has grown into a massive event. Last Sunday saw some 70 acts and 350 performers – 95% of the bands are from Hastings – divided between the main stage and the more intimate downstairs space of the White Rock Hotel. Nick Terdre enjoyed the show.

Cliff Brookers Design for Beatles day 15

We hope you will enjoy the show!

It’s a brilliant concept – bands and performers from a multitude of genres, all performing Beatles songs, all in one day, all under one roof. Beatles Day is back, bigger and better for its 15th instalment, as Grace Vogiatzis reports.

Juliet Russell, of Vocal Explosion - courtesy of http://www.vocalexplosion.co.uk/

Vocal Explosion in St. Clement’s Church

We found ourselves last night in St. Clement’s Church, in Hastings Old Town, to hear a programme of gypsy music from the community choir Vocal Explosion.  We hadn’t ventured inside this fourteenth-century gem before, but had read about its refurbishment (which aroused the usual mix of “they’ve ruined a lovely church” and “what an improvement on what was there before”). Antony Mair writes.

Caspar David Friedrich - Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon (1830–35), German romantic painting to accompany Romantic poetry and music

Hastings, can you get Brahms?

Hastings has something new to celebrate, maybe we can get Lizst too!  According to a Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) produced by researchers of Goldsmiths College, London, Hastings is judged to have the highest level of musical sophistication in the UK. HOT’s Chris Cormack investigates an outbreak of Brahms in the Hastings area.

Taek Gi Lee playing Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto   Photograph: John Cole

And the winner is…

At the end of the semi-finals of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition the generally accepted view seemed to be that one of the two South Koreans – Yekwon Sunwoo and Taek Gi Lee – was likely to be winning the prize, writes Antony Mair.  

Paul main

The Stinger has arrived, and HOT is happy to mark the launch of Hastings’ free, independent, local music magazine by reprinting an article from the inaugural issue – with their kind permission, of course. The Union Bar: A meeting of musical minds

The Stinger has arrived, and HOT is happy to mark the launch of Hastings’ free, independent, local music magazine by reprinting an article from the inaugural issue – with their kind permission, of course.

Marcin Koziak (Poland)   Photograph: John Cole

A feast of music at the Piano Concerto Competition Semi-final

The semi-finals of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition brought a feast of music for those of us in the White Rock Theatre last night.  For the laughable cost of £8 per seat we were treated to seven mini-recitals by a quite remarkable array of young players ranging in age from 17 to 27, writes Antony Mair.

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