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Hastings Sinfonia and St Richard’s Catholic College Choir performing in the premiere of Polo Piatti’s multi-faith oratorio Libera Nos in the De La Warr Pavilion last year.

Don’t miss Hastings Sinfonia’s family Christmas spectacular!

Much-loved local orchestra Hastings Sinfonia joins international soloists, captivating dancers, and the talented choirs of St. Richards Catholic College and Battle Abbey School Choir to bring you a Family Christmas Spectacular. With 160 musicians, dancers and singers taking part, Alexander Hudson details the delights in store at the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday 3 December.

On your arrival you will be welcomed by carol singers in the foyer from Bexhill Choral Society.

Hastings Sinfonia takes great pride in performing classical works that will appeal to audiences young and old. Expect rousing renditions of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival Medley and Sleigh Ride, White Christmas by Berlin and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker Suite, accompanied by East Sussex School of Performing Arts dancers.

A real treat for the audience will be the world premiere of Hastings composer Polo Piatti’s Christmas Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra performed by Giulio Tampalini (see below).

Talented young Ukrainian ballet dancer Masha Shapoval will dance to the classic Walking in the Air from The Snowman and the Medora Variation from Le Corsaire ballet in a performance laden with emotion.

Bexhill’s very own St Richard’s Catholic College Choir will enthral with their renditions of O come, O Come Emmanuel, Angels Carol and In the Bleak Mid-Winter.

Battle Abbey School Choir sing Ken Robert’s Thoughts of Father Christmas, a set of whimsical reveries with baritone Peter Grevatt.

There is also a festive composition by local composer Gary Judd to look forward to: Knees Up 5, inspired by his family’s Christmas get-togethers.

The orchestra will be conducted by Ken Roberts.

Hastings Sinfonia is delighted to be supporting St Michael’s Hospice for this event.

Join us at 3pm on Sunday 3 December at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill for a musical Christmas treat with something for all the family.

Tickets cost £16/21, plus booking fee, under 18s free with a paying adult, and can be ordered from DLWP online or from the ticket office (01424 229111).

For more information see Hastings Sinfonia’s website.

Tampalini to premiere Piatti’s new guitar concerto

Polo Piatti’s Christmas Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra approaches the subject of Christmas in an innovative way, illustrating both the true significance of Christmas but also the festival mood and exciting atmosphere experienced during the holiday period.

It will receive its world premiere at the capable hands of Giulio Tampalini, the “guitarist with the sun in his eyes.” Communicative, sunny and virtuosic, Tampalini, who plays guitars made by local luthier Philip Woodfield, has been hailed as one of the most innovative and charismatic interpreters on the international music scene.

One of the best known and most requested Italian artists, he has recorded more than 40 albums and won two Golden Guitars for best album at the International Conference in Milan. He also holds very popular masterclasses in Europe, Asia and America.

Hastings-based Polo Piatti, an award-winning British-Argentine composer, is one of the few high-profile international living musicians concentrating exclusively on the creation and promotion of melodic, universally appealing classical music. His Bohemian Piano Concerto  and Old World Cello Concerto were recently recorded by the National Symphony Orchestra in London.

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Posted 17:49 Sunday, Nov 26, 2023 In: Music & Sound

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