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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.

Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou at the Baker Mamanova Gallery

Acoustic couple go Russian in St Leonards

St Leonards-based singer/songwriting duo, Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou, plan to put the ‘Russian Gallery’ on their music tour map by including it as their local venue in their upcoming tour next week. Chris Cormack chatted with them on their intriguing progress in the music business.

Ethan Richardson playing in Priory Meadow - Photograph by John Cole

Promoting the Piano

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is now upon us.  As a warm-up and a way of involving the local community, a Yamaha baby grand was placed in Priory Meadow shopping mall over last weekend and a series of players of all ages showed their skill on the keys, writes Antony Mair

Last year's winner, Tae-Hyung Kim of South Korea, playing in the final with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (photo: HIPCC).

Hastings tunes up for piano competition

last contact with a piano was a series of shared 15-minute lessons in 1970s suburbia, but he will be heading off to the White Rock Theatre next week to sample the pick of the contemporary classical crop.

courtesy Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Gearing up for the Piano Concerto Competition

The first three weeks of March in Hastings are devoted to the Hastings Musical Festival, which has been going for more than a century.  It’s not a festival like those in Edinburgh or Brighton, but consists of a series of competitions for performers in music and dance.   In recent years the jewel in the crown of the Festival has been the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which takes place in the first week of March, the final being on Saturday  8 March, writes Antony Mair

Vocal Explosion wowing the Stade audience last summer.

Emotional journey with Vocal Explosion

Celebrating musical traditions from across the globe is what Vocal Explosion is all about. Ahead of their first concert of 2014, Hannah Collisson talks to the choir’s director Juliet Russell.

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New music magazine prepares for take-off

Hastings is soon to have its very own original music magazine in the form of The Stinger. With its launch fast approaching, Grace Vogiatzis went to find out more

The Cajun Dawgs open St Mary's 'HAVE A GO' Series

St. Mary in the Castle launches monthly “Have a Go” dance series.

This month sees the launch of St Mary in the Castle’s exciting  ‘HAVE A GO’ dance series; a monthly Friday night session in which beginners are invited to try their hand at a new dance style, then dance the night away with their newly learnt skills writes Hannah Deeble.

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