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Gearing up for the Piano Concerto Competition

The first three weeks of March in Hastings are devoted to the Hastings Musical Festival, which has been going for more than a century.  It’s not a festival like those in Edinburgh or Brighton, but consists of a series of competitions for performers in music and dance.   In recent years the jewel in the crown of the Festival has been the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, which takes place in the first week of March, the final being on Saturday  8 March, writes Antony Mair

A lull between storms

The past few weeks haven’t been much fun, weatherwise.  Those of you living outside the UK may have seen the odd snap of people wading through waist-high waters in their living-rooms, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 08:10 Monday, Feb 17, 2014 In: Hastings Life Tags: antony Mair Postcards from Hastings storms

Mixed events start Hastings Week

We’re now into Hastings Week – a series of local events, commemorating the skirmish that occurred nearby on October 14, 1066, and culminating in Bonfire Night this Saturday. Last Saturday we had “Books Born in Hastings”, a mini-bookfair in the neo-Gothic splendour of the Town Hall’s Council Chamber, where local authors and publishers peddled their wares, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 10:01 Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 In: Literature Tags: antony Mair books born in hastings earlyworkspress goldsmiths prize Ken Edwards Michael Short postcards fromhastings Reality Street tapestry utter nonsense in hastings victoria seymour


The Festival of African and Caribbean Art is now in its fourth year in Hastings. It overlaps with the higher-profile Coastal Currents festival, which is devoted to the visual arts, so tends to get overlooked, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 14:58 Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 In: Performance Tags: Afrikaba Akila Richards antony Mair postcard from hastings Sona Jobarteh

Unique opportunity at Composers’ Festival

As we came out of our third concert in two days of the second International Composers Festival, someone said “In the end, I’d prefer to hear some Beethoven”, thus showing he had entirely missed the point of this wonderful event.  Beethoven can be heard in bucketfuls on the radio and in concert halls.  We had had the unique opportunity to hear works recently created by some prodigiously talented composers, and performed by equally talented musicians, writes Antony Mair.

Hastings Old Town Carnival – the fun continues

By the time you get to Wednesday in Carnival Week you feel yourself flagging a bit.  We’ve had the Whelk-eating competition and the Seaboot race, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 14:05 Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 In: Hastings Life Tags: antony Mair carnival week Hastings Old Town Postcards from Hastings

Defying the Weather – Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

We managed to get to a couple of concerts at the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival last week.  The what?   I hear you ask.  Peasmarsh is a tiny village to the northwest of Rye, with a diminutive church.  Violinist  Anthony Marwood and cellist Richard Lester have organised this event for a decade: it involves a series of concerts over four days in Peasmarsh Church, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 07:41 Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: anthony marwood antony Mair peasmarsh chamber music festival richard lester

Frozen out at Fairlight Hall

The thing about summer in the UK is that we’ve all got this idealised picture of balmy afternoons and evenings, strawberries and cream, cricket matches in the heat etc. – whereas the truth is very different.  People moan about climate change but I have distinct recollections of watching opera in country house venues years ago with the rain lashing down on the marquee – even one occasion at Glyndebourne when everyone was picnicking on the covered walkways like stranded refugees in dinner jackets, writes Antony Mair.

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