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Cutler's conception of Nimue and Merlin in his painting xx. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Merlin magic comes to St Mary in the Castle

Marcio da Silva is well known in town for his magnificent Hastings Philharmonic concerts with winners of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Not so well-known is the strength and depth of his opera productions with the Ensemble OrQuesta, writes Chris Cormack. This month he takes another bold leap forward with his first production of contemporary opera, Merlin, by local composer Keith Beal. The production has much welcome local support, including costumes by Gill Jenks, the wardrobe mistress for the Stables Theatre.

Hastings Philharmonic Choir, now part of Hastings Philharmonic. Photo: Peter Mould (www.artypharty.com).

Hastings Philharmonic performs Beethoven’s choral symphony to announce its arrival

Beethoven’s Ninth is the work chosen to present to the world the newly formed Hastings Philharmonic – a permanent bonding of the well-known Hastings Philharmonic Choir with the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra, which has its base in the Ensemble OrQuesta. A third component, Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir, will enable this local musical powerhouse to further expand its repertoire and ambitions. David Pullen looks forward to the first performance.

Aysen Ullucan, violin soloist

Romance at St Mary in the Castle

The Hastings Philharmonic Choir is looking forward to having grandstand seats to what should be a splendid concert of orchestral music, namely Brahms’ violin concerto in D, performed by the Ensemble OrQuestra. At the same time, the choir is taking on a choral programme of Brahms and Cherubini Romantic music that will surprise and stun. The choir’s youthful music director, Márcio Da Silva, is building a reputation for taking on challenges brilliantly, in the words of John Kennedy, not because they are easy, but because they are hard – and next Saturday 26 April at St Mary in the Castle, we’ll be transported to the moon on the crest of a wave of Romantic music, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack

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