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Maestro Nigel Hess, during his key speech at last year's festival (Photo: Peter Mould)

Famous composers descend on Hastings

The second Hastings International Composers Festival is now just days away and there will be an influx into the town of some great musical talent from near and far  to complement the surprising diversity of local talent that we enjoy in this great town. HOT’s Chris Cormack describes the various delights in store.

A Midsummer Nights Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in St Leonards Gardens

A preview by John Knowles

Posted 11:19 Monday, Aug 26, 2013 In: Performance Tags: , , , ,
Production images courtesy Peter Mould

The Importance of Being Earnest

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and much-loved comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity has

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The Gilded Hand

Raising the ‘Gilded Hand’ on the Stade on 17 August,  the first ever Gilded Hand Buskers Fair is released, a day-long celebration of the busker and the troubadour.  The Gilded Hand is an ancient sign of freedom of speech and gave performers the right to perform in medieval squares without fear of arrest. So whilst the hand is raised, come and join us in the Stade to hear a variety of performers on several pitches, writes John Knowles.

Nobuya Monta at the 2012 Composers' Festival (photo: http://www.composersfestival.com/)

Contemporary music to stir the emotions

The second International Composers’ Festival is fast approaching and renowned Japanese composer, Nobuya Monta, has been officially appointed the Festival’s new Composer in Residence. Maestro Monta will be composing a new orchestral work especially created for the Festival on the 6 & 7 September 2013. He will also travel from Osaka with a host of Japanese musicians to be with us at the Festival in Hastings!

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Meet Lorraine Bowen

Lately, Lorraine Bowen is all over the Creative Coast of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill. She’s a comedian, a singer (conducts the Gay Men’s Chorus in Brighton and gave Billy Bragg singing lessons), and she is half of Hastings’ favourite fusion Folk/D’n’B act – The Chalkwell Ladies Drum’n’Bass League. HOT’s Erica Smith is such a big fan, she’s off to see Lorraine on Thursday night at Back in the Room, and booked the Chalkwell Ladies to celebrate her fiftieth birthday on 2 August. Read on to find out why she loves Lorraine so much.

Aidan Goatley

Edinburgh Previews at The Printworks.

Total Comedy presented three stand-up comedians at the Printworks.  All had different experiences of performing live, reports HOT’s Bevali Francis.

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Posted 18:17 Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 In: Performance Tags: ,
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