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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.

Posted 11:23 Friday, Feb 21, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: 100 Voices Hannah Collisson Juliet Russell Liam Genockey Music of the Gypsies Nana Tsiboe Our Big Gig St Clements Vocal Explosion world music
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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

Posted 16:37 Sunday, Feb 9, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: Andy Gunton fat tuesday Grace Vogiatzis Hastings Hastings and St Leonards Hastings Fat Tuesday Hastings live music Pierless Music The Stinger
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.

Posted 23:58 Friday, Feb 7, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: American square dance Bob Tipler Cajun Dawgs ceilidh dance Hastings have a go Keith Leech Lindy hop Mad Jack's Morris Sussex tango
Sound Waves Community Choir singing at the Stade

Sound Waves raises £2,000+ for charity

December was a busy month for Sound Waves Community Choir with several events that together raised more than £2000.  The concerts included one in aid of the Seaview Project which raised a magnificent £643.79, more than any other Seaview concert, and Sound Waves’ own Christmas concert, which raised just over £1,000 for its chosen charities, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 12:19 Monday, Jan 13, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: Adam Hepkin barefoot opera Chris Cormasck Deborah Roberts Jenny Miller Juliet Russell Katy de Braux Liane Carroll Mike Hatchard Mike Rosenberg Now and then Singing for fun Sound Waves Community Choir Vocal Explosion
80s Mania Show plays Cyndi lauper

’80s Mania Show comes to Hastings

The ’80s Mania Show is described as the UK’s official 1980’s multi-tribute reunion concert. If you love the ’80s, do not miss this show at White Rock Theatre on Friday 31 January 2014! Chris Cormack is already saving his pennies.

Posted 14:04 Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: 80s Mania Show White Rock Theatre
Catsfield Steamers more recently

End of an era – the Catsfield Steamers

Well, it is the end of an era as Jane Downes, caller with the Catsfield Steamers Country Dance band for the last 40 years, calls one final dance at St Mary in the Castle on Saturday 18 January. However, the band continues, with some additional members and a new, dancer-friendly caller, Rachel Roberts.

Posted 13:15 Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 In: Music & Sound Tags: Catsfield Steamers Jane Downes Lamb folk club Mad Jack's Morris Paul Dengate Rachel Roberts St Mary in the Caste Will Downes
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