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Sun Shall Rise

Sun Shall Rise

MSL Discover and Barefoot Opera are working on a special pop-up street performance event called Sun Shall Rise. It will take place during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend on Saturday 4 June in Hastings town centre.

MSL has commissioned Barefoot Opera’s, Lucy Mulgan, and writer, Rosanna Lowe, to create a new choral work to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Barefoot Opera’s Choral Director, Jenny Miller, has been working with professional singer and workshop specialist, Lucy Mulgan, to recruit a community choir.

The new work will be performed in Hastings town centre on Saturday 4 June and will be reprised two weeks later, on Sunday 26 June, at Hastings Sanctuary Festival.
“We hope it will be a memorable occasion for all those taking part” said Margaret Sheehy, MSL Director “and give impetus to our joint longer-term objectives. Choir participants will have learnt from exemplary professionals and developed skills and confidence in music and production.

Barefoot opera presents Clash. Sussex Coast College, Hastings

As part of the event, MSL Projects are holding a drop-in hat making workshop with Radiator Arts on Saturday 4 June from 10am to 1pm at 6-8 Queens Arcade, giving adults and children the opportunity to make a fantastic hat for the occasion. The workshop is on a pay-what- you-can basis (minimum £1). To register your interest please contact

Sun Shall Rise is another stage in an ambitious developing project, The Wild Horn Fair. Begun during the first lockdown in 2020 on Zoom, MSL has been working with Rosanna Lowe, production designer Jane Bruce, and researcher Julie Gidlow – with funding from the Arts Council, Hastings Council and the Trinity Triangle Heritage Action Zone – to create a new community street performance for several towns across England in 2023-24. There will be a small-scale rural tour of this version later this year.

Sun Shall Rise will celebrate the history of England and the reign of our present queen and provide us with the opportunity to promote a major community production to potential partners for presentation in 2023. The Wild Horn Fair is a celebration of the High Street and will explore the relationships between established order and disruptive carnival.

MSL Pi Leau Street Performance Photo by Zeroh

This project is funded by Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, Sussex Community Foundation, Historic England, Trinity Triangle Hastings, Heart of Hastings, and East Sussex Arts Partnership. This project has been made possible by a grant from Localgiving and Postcode Society Trust, a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For more information visit Sun Shall Rise with MSL.


MSL celebrates individual creativity, community and place. Established in 2005 MSL produces and manages projects under three company brands: MSL Projects is centred on theatrical performance or installation and consultancy; MSL Digital explores the potential to open up narrative of place using AR, VR and mobile technology; MSL Discover is a not-for-profit development vehicle for community and individual learning.

MSL delivers place making through cultural interventions, integrating creative work with social, learning and economic objectives.

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High Streets Heritage Action Zones

The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.

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Posted 09:33 Sunday, May 22, 2022 In: Music & Sound

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