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Reasons to stay in Europe

On both sides here has been much anger, lies and, at times, debate that would embarrass a four-year-old. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked a few local Hastings and St Leonards-ites about their thoughts and concerns on Europe and why they are in favour of remaining.

Pegging his way convincingly down George Street

AAAAArrrrrrrrhhhhh!

Dressing-up has never really done it for me.  I usually think of it as the last refuge of the bored, like Marie-Antoinette dressing up as a shepherdess at Versailles.  My heart sinks at the thought of those parties of Vicars and Tarts or invitations accompanied by a note that the theme of the evening is Donald Duck, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 10:46 Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 In: Hastings People Tags: , ,
JD Bar Bistro, Claremont, Hastings - venue for Hastings Stanza meetings

A start to stanza

Stanza groups are offshoots of the Poetry Society, and consist of people in a given area who come together to talk about poetry – whether to workshop their own work, hear readings or talks by poets, or discuss poetry generally, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 10:19 Monday, Apr 21, 2014 In: Poetry Tags: , , , ,
Juliet Russell, of Vocal Explosion - courtesy of http://www.vocalexplosion.co.uk/

Vocal Explosion in St. Clement’s Church

We found ourselves last night in St. Clement’s Church, in Hastings Old Town, to hear a programme of gypsy music from the community choir Vocal Explosion.  We hadn’t ventured inside this fourteenth-century gem before, but had read about its refurbishment (which aroused the usual mix of “they’ve ruined a lovely church” and “what an improvement on what was there before”). Antony Mair writes.

Taek Gi Lee playing Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto   Photograph: John Cole

And the winner is…

At the end of the semi-finals of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition the generally accepted view seemed to be that one of the two South Koreans – Yekwon Sunwoo and Taek Gi Lee – was likely to be winning the prize, writes Antony Mair.  

Marcin Koziak (Poland)   Photograph: John Cole

A feast of music at the Piano Concerto Competition Semi-final

The semi-finals of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition brought a feast of music for those of us in the White Rock Theatre last night.  For the laughable cost of £8 per seat we were treated to seven mini-recitals by a quite remarkable array of young players ranging in age from 17 to 27, writes Antony Mair.

Ethan Richardson playing in Priory Meadow - Photograph by John Cole

Promoting the Piano

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition is now upon us.  As a warm-up and a way of involving the local community, a Yamaha baby grand was placed in Priory Meadow shopping mall over last weekend and a series of players of all ages showed their skill on the keys, writes Antony Mair

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

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