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The Russian Voice: A Musical Journey

Soprano Sophie Pullen, tenor Gary Marriott together with pianist Francis Rayner and oboist, Susan Hutton present an evening of the classical music that formed the soundtrack of Russia’s musical life from the mid 19th century – Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Grieg, Bellini and Verdi, writes Chris Cormack. Appropriately it is at Kino-Teatr.

Sparkly Bird by Kat Lee Ryan

Sparkly Bird

Kat Lee-Ryan is a highly talented local singer songwriter and keyboard player. Colourful. Flamboyant. Very much her own woman. One of a kind. Kat’s voice is both haunting and powerful; she’s one of those people, who you feel is singing and writing about her real life experiences. And that’s exactly what Sparkly Bird is – a uniquely personal musical journey. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

Posted 14:30 In: Music & Sound Tags: Kat Lee Ryan Sparkly Bird The Fabulous Red Diesel The Verdict Cafe

Harmony at Christmas

It has been a great year for musician, Debbie Warren, culminating in a brilliant performance of Benjamin Britten and John Rutter Carols at Christmas and her appointment as Soundwaves Community Choir’s first resident Music Director. HOT’s Chris Cormack looks at Debbie’s achievements in 2015 and carol concerts this Christmas. If you’ve  missed the concerts in the last few weeks you can still get in the mood for Christmas this Saturday at St Mary in the Castle with the Hastings Philharmonic Choir.

Posted 15:43 Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Andrea Needham Annike Jasse barefoot opera Cheryl Fryer Chris Green debbie warren Deirdre Goodger Esme Needham Fiona Rankine-Wright fipple consort Hastings Furniture Service Hastings International Composers' Festival Hastings Philharmonic Choir Heather Spence Jenny Miller Julie Gidlow Laetitia Yhap Lindsey Oakham Natalie Broomfield-Hill Sue Kidd Tessa Stambrook Vicky Lester

The 2015 Midwinter Candlelit Concert

After a sell out show last year, local choir, Vocal Explosion, are back with a Candlelit Concert to warm our cockles and get us into the festive spirit. HOT’s Zoya Mathison finds out more.

Posted 09:48 Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Acoustic Music Ancient Celtic Christmas Edd Blakeley Garry Blakeley Juliet Russell Middle Eastern Music Midwinter Candlelit Concert St Clement's Church Vocal Explosion Zoya Mathison

workshops for string and woodwind musicians

Posted 16:57 Friday, Dec 4, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Kino-Teatr Olga Momonova Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev Simon Charterton The Loco Motions Wendy May Winter Wonderland Wissam Boustany Xmas Dance Party

Deep in the forest

Aino Konkka, a lyric mezzo-soprano with a passion for drama and good stagecraft, movement and language skills, will delight us in St Leonards this Friday with songs from Finland’s greatest composers all inspired by the Finnish landscape, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 10:19 Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Aino Konkka Alcina Pale Shadows barefoot opera Finnish songs Jenny Miller Kuula Merikanto Nichola Bruce Palmgren Richard Black sibelius

Christmas and New Year cheer with Opera South East

On Sunday 6 December Opera South East presents an evening of Christmas delights in the old town with audience participation and a welcome performance by the Claremont Preparatory School Chamber Choir. The pupils of Claremont School were invited to join in a carol composing competition and some of their carols will be performed by the chorus of Opera South East.

Swinging ukeleles

Tricity Vogue presents her own blend of slink and sass – the music she likes to call “cheeky jazz”. Think Peggy Lee after a few too many cocktails!  Tricity Vogue’s own All Girl Swing Band joins her at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings on Friday 11 December. Tricity is an acclaimed cabaret performer in her own right and created her successful and modern swing band  with bags of musical talent and irrepressible charm, while adapting many modern classics to the ‘swing’ genre, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack

Posted 18:31 Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: charming dick Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers gypsy john Lindy hop St Mary in the Caste swing tricity vogue
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