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Prepare for invasion – a troupe of young and exuberant singers are taking over St Mary in the Castle!  Barefoot Opera Young Artists, after their great success last year with Mozart’s Magic Flute, bring a characteristically fresh, physical and original production of Purcell’s operatic masterworks: The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 07:18 Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: anne rebecca laurent barefoot opera dido and aeneas evelyn nallen fairy queen Hannah Lauren-whittam Ian Watson Jenny Miller lesley ann sammons susannah appleyard

Liane Carroll at The Roomz, Saturday

A preview by John Knowles

Posted 14:29 Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: charity Lianne Carroll music supplement The Roomz

Indian classical and jazz musicians celebrate Mandela at St Mary’s

Maestro Deepak Ram will celebrate classical Indian composition with  bansuri flute and tabla player Manjeet Singh Rasiya at St Mary in the Castle next week. In the second half, they will also be accompanied by Terry Pack on double bass, Andy Williams on acoustic guitar and Nana Tsiboe on percussion for a memorable programme of jazz fusion that echoes a millennium concert given on Robben Island in honour of Nelson Mandela, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 21:35 Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: Andy Williams Manjeet Singh Rasiya Nana Tsiboe Nelson Mandela Sophiatown st mary in the castle Terry Pack

Hail St Mary’s!

St Mary-in-the-Castle has succeeded in completing the formalities for establishing its new management structure as a charitable trust and company limited by guarantee under the supervision of an  independent board of trustees. The trustees designate have been meeting for the last six months to plan how they will run the venue. Last week Charity Commission approval was obtained, writes Chris Cormack.

Posted 14:24 Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: st mary in the castle

Accordion heaven

For lovers of the accordion this was indeed a weekend to be remembered with not one, but two outstanding performances. On Friday night we were treated to the dry wit, political satire and Jewish Klezmer punk of Canadian Geoff Berner and his stripped down band of violin and paired down drum kit. On Saturday we had the Tiger Lillies, playing dark songs with disturbing lyrics at the Stade. HOT’s John Knowles was there.

Posted 11:35 Monday, Jul 8, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: Adrian Stout Geoff Berner John Knowles. Martyn Jacques stade saturdays the Stade

Tiger Lillies at the Stade

Entertainment this Saturday July 6 at the Stade Open Space, Old Town, is provided by cult alternative cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies. HOT’s John Knowles previews the show.

Posted 15:23 Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: Brechtian Cabaret John Knowles. Stade Open Space stade saturdays

Geoff Berner: “Fantastic” – Billy Bragg

Geoff Berner, highly acclaimed by none other than Billy Bragg, makes a rare appearance at The Roomz on Friday July 5th. We present a preview by John Knowles of Fetch.

Posted 16:11 Monday, Jul 1, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: Billy Bragg Geoff Berner John Knowles. Klezmer The Roomz

Defying the Weather – Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

We managed to get to a couple of concerts at the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival last week.  The what?   I hear you ask.  Peasmarsh is a tiny village to the northwest of Rye, with a diminutive church.  Violinist  Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester have organised this event for a decade: it involves a series of concerts over four days in Peasmarsh Church, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 07:41 Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: anthony marwood antony Mair peasmarsh chamber music festival richard lester
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