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An evening in with HIPCC prizewinner Maxim Kinasov

In the days of the coronavirus, we cannot attend live music performances, but we can turn to the web. Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has launched a series of short online concerts to help fill the gap. Competition prizewinner Maxim Kinasov will be performing Franck-Bauer and Rachmaninov tomorrow, Friday, evening at 7pm. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 16:24 Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: HIPCC Maxim Kinasov Nick Terdre Roman Kosyakov

Winning combination brings piano festival to joyous climax

Pasadena Roof Orchestra with the Puppini Sisters: St Mary in the Castle, Saturday 7 March, 2020. Hastings International Piano Festival brought two class acts together to reach a joyous climax at the weekend. HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick is among the many who are keen to see it return in two years’ time. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 14:01 Monday, Mar 9, 2020 In: Music & Sound

25th anniversary tour brings Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman to St Mary’s

Husband and wife folk duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will be playing at St Mary in the Castle on Wednesday 18 March as part of a UK tour celebrating 25 years of making music together. Venue manager Sean Berkeley reports.

Posted 10:45 In: Music & Sound Tags: Folk Kathryn Roberts Nick Terdre Sean Lakeman st mary in the castle

Claire Martin brings an evening of jazz to the piano festival

An Evening of Jazz, St Mary in the Castle, Thursday 5 March 2020: The newly launched Hastings International Piano Festival aims to cover all aspects of the piano, and so brought a jazz evening to St Mary’s, led by Claire Martin, as HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick reports. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 12:59 Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 In: Music & Sound

Virtuoso performances at piano festival gala concert

White Rock Theatre, Saturday 29 February 2020: Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition has gone biennial – it will next take place in 2021 – and the intervening years will host the Hastings International Piano Festival, the latest addition to the town’s cultural offer. Last week saw the first events, including a gala concert attended by HOT’s music correspondent Brian Hick. Photos by Peter Mould.

Posted 11:10 Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Brian Hick Fumiya Koido Ian Roberts Royal Philharmonic Sylvia Jiang Vanessa Latarche

Leading piano and vibraphone duo on the Jazz Hastings stage

Lewis Wright and Kit Downes, one of the most virtuosic and original duos in modern British jazz, combining vibraphone and piano, will be performing at Jazz Hastings’ monthly session on 3 March. Julian Norridge provides the introductions.

Posted 15:32 Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Jazz Hastings Julian Norridge Kit Downes Lewis Wright

Lack of plan no impediment to enjoying Saturday Unplugged

Darren Johnson couldn’t get any friends to come with him to savour the delights of Saturday Unplugged, when a myriad of lesser known bands play short acoustic sets in numerous pubs across the Old Town and now St Leonards. But that didn’t daunt him, and of course he had a brilliant time, as logged below. Darren also took the photos.

Posted 18:44 Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Creature Creature Darren Johnson Doghouse Outhouse Earl Grey fat tuesday Lost Revellers Saturday Unplugged Sister Suzie

A festival to inspire Hastings’ young musical talent

This week sees the first event of the inaugural Hastings International Piano Festival which takes place from 26 February to 8 March at the White Rock Theatre and St Mary in the Castle. The festival homes in on all genres of music with an educational and entertaining offering of events. Young under-21 budding musicians should take special notice, as they can enjoy these mostly free of charge, writes

Posted 16:09 In: Music & Sound Tags: Eggtooth Project electric palace cinema Fumiya Koido Guy Chambers Holly Cullen-Davies Joel Culpepper Kamilla Arku Kids Concert Company Lucy Parham Marie White Nocturne: the Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin Pasadena Roof Orchestra Puppini Sisters Rachel Portman Reuben James Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sylvia Jiang White Rock Theatre Youth Theatre
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