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Hastings Sinfonia for your pleasure

The Hastings Sinfonia present a concert of ‘Midsummer  Melodies’ for your enjoyment, writes Chris Cormack. The orchestra consists of local talented amateur and professional musicians, who meet twice a month throughout the year. The conductor is Derek Carden, who travels from London especially to conduct the Hastings Sinfonia, and the leader is professional violinist and teacher Peter Fields, who has played in many of the great English orchestras.

Posted 17:56 Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Chris Cormack Christopher Beaumont Composers' Festival Derek Carden Hastings Sinfonia Nuri Koseoglu Peter Fields thomasin trezise xylophone

Piano competition plays on to next stage

The artistic director of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Frank Wibaut, has announced more exciting and ambitious plans for the expansion of what is already one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the UK.

A cycle of Greats from Battle

Battle Choral Society’s spring concert on Saturday 16 May at Christ Church begins with two works by Wagner, the Siegfried Idyll and the Wesendonck Lieder song cycle, followed by the Mass in F minor by Bruckner, part of a cycle of the greatest choral works of all time, presented by the choir, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 10:11 Friday, May 8, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: battle choral society bruckner Chris Cormack Emily Steventon gary marriott Michael White

Alice Privett sings

A beautiful, accomplished young classical singer will delight us with songs and arias from the classical repertoire, including Schubert’s masterpiece, ‘Shepherd on the Rock’, to help raise money for this year’s  Young Artists’ touring production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore on 5 September. The performance will be topped off with accompaniment by outstanding clarinettist, Andrew Sparling, and Glyndebourne pianist, Nicholas Bosworth, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 17:10 Tuesday, May 5, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: alice privett Anne Rebecca Hojlund barefoot opera Chiara Vinci Chris Cormack Jenny Miller nicholas Bosworth Schubert

Film music for a young audience

The Sussex Concert Orchestra will perform an interesting selection of Sibelius, Smetana ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ symphonic dances together with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.  This is an opportunity for film and musical buffs to reinforce their appreciation of the music they learned to love in the cinema and theatre, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Faerground Accidents kickstart a weekend of musical delight

This weekend Hastings punters really are spoiled. On Friday you get a choice of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the White Rock Theatre and if that doesn’t suit, there’s Faerground Accidents at the Masonic Hall. Saturday offers Oudolin at Bookbusters at 5.30, The Aftershave at Whistle Trago at 6, and at 7.30, Bosco Rogers will be French-kissing in the UK down The Dragon Bar – plus – am I dreaming or are The Fall really playing St Mary in the Castle? HOT’s Erica Smith gets tempted by a musical binge.

Posted 22:15 Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Bosco Rogers Buffalo Songbook Faerground Accidents Masonic Hal Oudolin Sarah Nuttall Sheilas Take a Bow Spoilt Girls 1066 St Leonards The Fall Thee Jezebels Zoe Nandie Daniels

Here today, gone tomorrow!

Mercury Prize nominated Seth Lakeman, who has successfully helped to steer English folk into the musical mainstream with his high-energy performances, comes to St Mary in the Castle, Hastings on Saturday 9 May with The Full English, writes Bob Perry.

Posted 19:50 Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 In: Music & Sound Tags: Seth Lakeman st mary in the castle The Full English

Fun and funds aplenty at Beatles Day

In terms of its main objectives – providing an entertaining day out for young and old alike and raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – the 16th Beatles Day on 12 April  was a resounding double success. Words by Nick Terdre, photos by Johnny Powell.

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