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Jack in the Green – Hastings dresses up again!

More jollity took place in Hastings this Bank Holiday Monday, with Jack in the Green – a celebration of the arrival of summer.  Fortunately, after weeks of dire weather, the sun kindly burnt off the morning sea mist and shone on the crowds, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 17:16 Tuesday, May 7, 2013 In: 1067 & All That Tags: antony Mair mad jack morris Postcards from Hastings

Morris dancing has always been linked in my mind to village greens, half-timbered pubs selling real ale, cricket matches – the general rural idyll that is now largely preserved in the stockbroker belt.  As a result, it has acquired a sort of UKIP tinge in my mind – red-cheeked men singing Rule Britannia and waving Union Jacks.  Then there’s all that handkerchief waving and general fol-de-rol.  It’s a bit like buying free range eggs in Waitrose – being in touch with the earth without getting your hands dirty, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 08:35 Monday, May 6, 2013 In: Performance Tags: antony Mair clerical error Jack in the Green morris dancimg Postcards from Hastings steam punk morris

Vienna Festival Ballet at the White Rock Theatre

The White Rock Theatre is not a mainstream cultural haven, being given over mostly to musical events at the lower end of the highbrow scale, alternating with stand-up comedy.  But we went along to see the Vienna Festival Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty last night, on the basis that classical music needs to be supported, writes Antony Mair .

Posted 10:38 Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 In: Performance Tags: antony Mair Postcards from Hastings Sleeping Beauty Vienna Festival ballet White Rock Theatre

St John Passion in St Leonards

We had another musical evening last night, courtesy of the Hastings Philharmonic Choir, in the magnificent Oxford Movement building of Christ Church, Saint Leonards.  If there’s classical music going, I believe in seizing the opportunity, and although choral music isn’t my favourite, you can’t go far wrong with Bach, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 08:24 Monday, Apr 8, 2013 In: Music & Sound Tags: alice privett antony Mair Christ church Hastings Philharmonic Choir Lancelot Nomura Marcio da Sliva Polo Piattii Postcards from Hastings

It’s a few days after the event, but the joys of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition are still vivid in my memory of a wonderful evening last Saturday.  Hastings is not great when it comes to classical music – events are comparatively few and far between – but this was well worth the wait.  A packed house at the White Rock Theatre listened spellbound to three immensely talented finalists, each accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, writes Antony Mair 

Fat Tuesday Cheer

After the rained-out Umbrella Parade on Sunday, it was at least dry for  Fat Tuesday festivities on Tuesday.  Hastings Old Town was packed with people: the event focussed on half a dozen hostelries who imported live bands.  The Dragon, which, it was rumoured, had brought in some well-known musicians at the last minute, spilled out into George Street, where the tide merged with the overflow from the Hastings Arms opposite, writes Antony Mair.

Posted 16:49 Friday, Feb 15, 2013 In: One Long Party Tags: antony Mair fat tuesday

Umbrella Parade is waterproof

Hastings has more than its fair share of festivals and celebrations.  I have never known people more fond of dressing up.  So I suppose the idea of Carnival, with all its implications of costume and general malarkey, was irresistible to the locals.  Think Venetian masks and gondolas, grotesque masks from Cologne’s Faschingszeit or the swaying floats of Rio, writes enthusiastic spectator Antony Mair.

Posted 18:02 Monday, Feb 11, 2013 In: Hastings People Tags: antony Mair fat tuesday
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