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The Nuns are an all-lady band paying tribute to The Monks. The drummer, Bongo Debbie, lives in St Leonards and has lured her bandmates down to play at The Royal Standard on Easter Saturday evening. Ian Greensmith tried to find out more and got the habit…

Posted 12:10 Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , ,
Tae Hyung-Kim receives his prize from Petula Clark - photograph courtesy of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

It’s a few days after the event, but the joys of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition are still vivid in my memory of a wonderful evening last Saturday.  Hastings is not great when it comes to classical music – events are comparatively few and far between – but this was well worth the wait.  A packed house at the White Rock Theatre listened spellbound to three immensely talented finalists, each accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, writes Antony Mair 

Nick Weekes of The Warrior Squares and HOT

The Warrior Squares at HOT Benefit

A huge thanks to everyone who came along to the HOT Benefit music night on Sunday March 10 at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association. Organised by HOT’s indomitable Sean O’Shea, the highlight of the evening was an astonishing and virtuosic performance from The Warrior Squares, writes HOT’s Richard Hull.

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St Mary showcases ‘Dancing on the Edge’ heir

Manager Zoe Ashdown has taken over the keys for St Mary-in-the-Castle (SMIC) and is taking on bookings for our soon to be bustling arts centre in one of the country’s prime examples of neo-classical (Georgian) architecture. Despite the fact that some works have still to take place, the first event will be a fascinating and nostalgic chance to ‘Swing into Spring’ and takes place as early as this coming Sunday 17 March, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

courtesy Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Hastings  piano  competition reaches out to community

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC), more than any previous year, is bringing the Hastings Musical Festival to the attention of ordinary Hastings  and 1066 people with a programme of attractive fringe and main events to entice us with great piano music, all thanks to support from the Kowitz Family Foundation and an Arts Council grant, writes Chris Cormack.

Courtesy Hastings Musical Festival

Hastings Musical Festival: Continuing to build our community

Now in its 105th year, the Hastings Musical Festival remains one of the most exciting events for local performers in Hastings. Months of preparation both from participants and organisers will finally be exhibited in what is a spectacular three weeks of endless entertainment, writes Sarah Orsborne.

Posted 13:32 Friday, Mar 8, 2013 In: Music & Sound
Sally-Ann Shepherdson

Tribute to Alan Spackman

Barbara Spackman has announced that a tribute will be paid to her husband Alan in the form of a concert in memory of  this well-loved Hastings character. The  programme will include a variety of music, anecdotes, humour and, of course, something from his beloved Beethoven. Barbara says that all are welcome to come and enjoy a glass of wine with Alan, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 16:32 Friday, Jan 18, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
the fabulous red diesel

The Fabulous Red Diesel – fuel for life!

The Fabulous Red Diesel have been adding colour to Hastings and St Leonards for about ten years now. Fuelled by the dynamo combination of Kat and Will Lee-Ryan, they have been instrumental in staging the Bohemia Village Fayre and have performed at St Leonards Festival – as well as headlining at HOT’s launch party three years ago. Recently, the band have been putting their focus into recording, whilst pondering universal questions. “We Know it’s 43” is the result – HOT’s Erica Smith donned her headphones for a listen.

Posted 12:28 Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 In: Music & Sound Tags: ,
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