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Steeleye Span

The legendary Steeleye Span will perform at St Mary’s in the Castle on Thursday 10th December 2015.  Sean O’Shea talks with band members Liam Genockey, who lives in Hastings, and Maddy Prior about the band’s enduring popularity and some of their career highlights.

Posted 09:49 Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 In: Music & Sound,SOS Tags: Andrew Sinclair Jessie May Smart Jethro Tull Julian Litman Liam Genockey Maddy Prior Rick Kemp St Mary's in the Castle Steeleye Span Windersmith Album

Claire Hamill into the daylight

Local singer/songwriter Claire Hamill has just launched a new album. Hannah Collisson went to talk to her about it and her life in music. The interview is reprinted by kind permission of The Stinger.

Posted 18:46 Monday, Nov 16, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Beach Boys Claire Hamill Eva Cassidy Hannah Collisson Island Records John Martyn Meeting of the Waters One House Left Standing Stinger Valentia When Daylight Arrives You Take My Breath Away
Photo courtesy Skinny Lister

For the love of music

Skinny Lister is a popular, talented young folk group which as well as delighting local audiences, has swept the international stage in recent years. Hot’s Sean O’ Shea talks with their lead vocalist, Lorna Heptinstall about her journey in music, the band and her appreciation of Hastings.

Posted 18:17 In: Music & Sound,SOS Tags: Beans and Toast Dan Heptinstall Dropkick Murphys Fat Tuesday Festival Flogging Molly Lorna Thomas Rancid Skinny Lister Sleeping Souls Stag Inn The Stinger What Can I Say

Belo Horizonte to Hastings – the beautiful horizon

Hastings Philharmonic Choir is counting its lucky stars that its popular Brazillian music director from Belo Horizonte, Márcio da Silva, has chosen to settle in St Leonards with his lovely wife, Aysen and their two young children. This opens up an exciting new ‘beautiful horizon’ of possibilities for developing the choir’s abilities and ambitions over time; what is more Márcio will also play a part in the cultural regeneration of Hastings through music, writes Chris Cormack.

Posted 15:35 Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Aysen Ulucan Marcio da Silva opera academy St Clement's Church
Edd Blakeley Rosetta Suite album cover

Edd prepares to launch Rosetta mission music

Young Hastings musician and composer Edd Blakeley has finished a full suite of original orchestral music dedicated to the European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet mission. The launch party is being held this weekend in Hastings.

Posted 10:03 In: Music & Sound Tags: Edd Blakeley Garry Blakeley The Jenny Lind The Rosetta Suite

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
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