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Part of Hastings Sinfonia's wind section.

Part of Hastings Sinfonia’s wind section.

Beethoven’s birth remembered in Hastings Sinfonia’s opening concert of 2020 season

Hastings Sinfonia includes a well-known work by Beethoven in its opening 2020 season concert on Saturday 1 February in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birthday. In mid-year it has concerts with the London Mozart Players and separately will be presenting a concerto written around Queen’s greatest hits. Chair Sandra Goodsell describes what waits in store.

The Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra is very excited to welcome back Daniel Rainey to perform the much-loved Violin Concerto by Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth.

In addition, the programme will include:

Romeo and Juliet by Gounod, In Days Gone By by Polo Piatti, Musetta’s Waltz by Puccini, Symphonic Variations by Franck, Sabre Dance by Khachaturian and the Enigma Variations finale by Elgar.

Gary Judd.

Gary Judd.

We will also be performing the premiere of Chuff by Gary Judd – a piece inspired by Gary’s happy memories of visits to Hastings with his family and the rides on the miniature and funicular railways. This piece has kindly been dedicated to the Hastings Sinfonia.

Our soloists for the evening are Howard Southern (piano), Thomasin Trezise (soprano) and Polo Piatti (piano).

In this concert the Hasting Sinfonia will be holding a collection and raffle in aid of local charity the Sara Lee Trust, which supports people in Hastings and Rother who are affected by cancer and other life- threatening illnesses through the provision of free psychological and therapeutic support.

The Hastings Sinfonia has built a reputation and loyal following for performing popular, well-known classics together with some exciting new works, giving a balanced programme suitable for everyone, plus performing at community events such as Pirates Day and the Mid Summer Fish Fest.

Diverse programme

After an exciting year in 2019 which included our Fiesta Concert, ‘A Night Of Passion,’ with for the first time dancers  and an International classical guitarist, we have planned a very diverse year for 2020.

Pianist Howard Southern, who plays regularly with Hastings Sinfonia, will be one of the soloists at the orchestra's Winter Concert.

Pianist Howard Southern, who plays regularly with Hastings Sinfonia, will be one of the soloists at the orchestra’s Winter Concert.

Hastings Sinfonia  are thrilled to be performing alongside the famous London Mozart Players for the world premiere of Polo Piatti’s multi-faith oratorio Libera Nos at the Opus Theatre 7pm Saturday 13th June 2020.  This is an exciting monumental work requiring large orchestra, adult and children’s choirs, plus five soloists.

The work, which was commissioned by Musica Sacra, includes sacred texts from all five major world religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and to the best of our knowledge is the very first multi-faith oratorio to be premiered in the world.

In addition  Hastings Sinfonia will once again be performing popular, fun works and opera arias at the Hastings Fish Fest on 20 June with Thomasin Trezise (soprano).

This is a fabulous opportunity for those new to classical music to hear great music in a relaxed and informal setting, the only charge being the small entrance fee to the Fish Fest.

Focus on Queen at July concert

A future concert not to be missed is the performance of the Queen Piano Concerto by Simon Proctor with the outstanding, electrifying pianist Oliver Poole. This fabulous work contains all of Queen’s greatest hits played by a large orchestra with plenty of percussion etc. The concert – on Saturday 18 July at St Mary in the Castle in aid of the RNLI – will also include film music  from popular movies such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.

The Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra consists of local professional and talented amateur musicians, who meet twice a month throughout the year. The conductor is opera specialist Derek Carden, the leader, local professional violinist and teacher Peter Fields, and our artistic director is local composer Polo Piatti who continues to write fabulous pieces for the orchestra to perform. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us, there is no audition and you will be very welcome.


Hastings Sinfonia’s Winter Concert 7.30pm,  Saturday 1 February, St John the Evangelist, Brittany Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0RD. Tickets – just £10 in advance or £12 on the door, children under 18 free (ticket required) –  available from: Tourist Information Office, Muriel Matters House, Hastings and TicketSource, booking line 0333 666 3366 or online.

For further information please visit Hastings Sinfonia’s website or  follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Posted 19:32 Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 In: Music & Sound

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