2022 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

The sixteenth prestigious Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will take place for the first time in both Rye and in Hastings from 24th February to 5th March 2022.

Due to heating difficulties at St Mary in the Castle, which could not be sufficiently rectified and the lack of availability of The White Rock Theatre, Hastings International Piano have made the decision to move round one of the competition to Rye Creative Centre.

The second round, semi-final and finals of the competition will then return to Hastings and take place at The White Rock Theatre.

Hastings International Piano is delighted to announce that a unique partnership has been agreed with The Royal College of Music to create a graduate orchestra, administered in Hastings to offer Royal College of Music graduates orchestral training and paid
performance opportunities during the concerto competition semi-finals and throughout
the year. We are also thrilled that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will return to accompany our finalists during our two-night Final. Steinway and Sons, the most prestigious piano maker in the world was recently announced as the piano sponsor for the next concerto competition.

 

Tickets for all rounds of the competition at both venues in Rye and Hastings can be purchased from The White Rock Theatre Box Office from :

Monday 22 November: Presale for Friends & Patrons of Hastings International Piano

Wednesday 24 November: Public Booking Opens

 

 

Ministry of Sound Bring The Biggest Party On The South Coast To Sussex Next Month

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Ministry of Sound invites you to relive the greatest dance music of all time with a new live concert at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Friday 26th November 2021. Bringing the magic of timeless club hits, this show combines high-energy anthems with a full orchestra to create the ultimate party experience.

This breathtaking event is Ministry of Sound’s first ever fully produced classical music show. Alongside the biggest dance tracks reimagined by The London Concert Orchestra, there will be special guest live vocalists and a set from DJ Danny Rampling – one of the original founders of the UK’s rave / club scene.

All this against a backdrop of large screen visuals, lights, lasers, special effects and a live-scored documentary featuring Judge Jules, Paul Oakenfold, Brandon Block and key Ministry of Sound players including Justin Berkmann and Lohan Presencer.

The show spans chart-topping albums with huge tracks getting a never heard before classical remake. Expect to hear iconic club favourites such as Faithless’Insomnia, The Chemical Brothers’ Hey Boy Hey Girl, Darude’s Sandstorm, Fatboy Slim’s Right Here, Right Now, Moloko’s Sing It Back and so many more.

Edward Gilroy, Managing Partner of Coastal Events said “It’s been a tough time for most people over the past two years, especially those of us who are passionate about dancing to live music; that’s why we are so excited to be bringing this massive show to the south coast. The De La Warr Pavilion is a stunning venue and I can’t wait for the people of Sussex to get their raving buddies together for this awe-inspiring event; clubland classics meets classical in this high-energy concert that is going to be endless fun!

Tickets for Ministry of Sound Classical at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill can be purchased online via dlwp.com and coastalevents.co.uk.

Oxford Lieder Concert Series, Fairlight Hall 7th November 2021

Oxford Lieder Concert Series return to Fairlight Hall, Hastings this November with a concert from James Atkinson Baritone and Sholto Kynoch (piano).

Sunday 7 November 11am

Tickets £15 include coffee and cake and can be booked from fairlighthall.co.uk

Fairlight Hall concert series, in collaboration with Oxford Lieder, resumes with the outstanding young baritone James Atkinson. At Oxford Lieder’s online Spring Weekend in February 2021, The Times wrote of James: ‘This young man is still in his final year at the Royal College of Music, but so confident was his stage manner and command of Schubert’s music… that he proclaimed himself a natural lieder singer and linguist, savouring the words almost as idiomatically as a native German speaker, his lovely lyric baritone responding to the words with invigorating warmth. As a recitalist he’s clearly a name to watch.’

Bloom Britannia – St Mary in the Castle Hastings

St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings

Friday 22nd October 7.30PM
Saturday 23rd October 7.30PM
Sunday 24th October 4PM 

Composer: ORLANDO GOUGH
Librettist: STEPHEN PLAICE
Director: POLLY GRAHAM
Artistic Director: JENNY MILLER
Conductor: CHRISTOPHER STARK
Assistant conductor: MARK AUSTIN

We invite you to experience our new ‘people’s opera’ BLOOM BRITANNIA, an affectionate, comic opera bringing together influences from folk, pop and jazz. An opera, but not as you know it!

The Bexhill Sinfonietta

10th October – 7.30pm – The Izzard Theatre, Bexhill

The first performance on 10th October will include two new works.

Flute Concerto composed by Kenneth Roberts with the soloist Daisy Noton, BBC young Musician of the Year 2020 finalist.

The ‘As You Like It’ Concert suite by Peter Lapham, a setting of Shakespearean songs for tenor solo, chorus and orchestra.

PLUS a programme of all-British music including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Novello and Sullivan.

Conducted by Kenneth Roberts

This inaugural gala event will be held at The Izzard Theatre at Bexhill College, chosen for its excellent acoustics, theatrical atmosphere and superb facilities.

The venue also has a large free car park.

Brian Hick’s Poetry

One of Brian’s great interests was poetry and throughout the years he wrote a large amount of his own verse. Covering a range of subjects and styles his writing would often be a very personal response to his own experiences and wider concerns and situations. Several books have been published and the latest of these has recently been published posthumously. A Lark in Lockdown is an autobiographical collection drawing together past musical experience with links to his weekly Hastings Observer columns. Priced £6.50 & plus please email spage999@btinternet.com if you would like to purchase a copy.

In addition Brian’s widow, Sally, has created a website to highlight some of his work and to make his poetry available to a wider audience. The website can be found here.

https://brianhickpoetry.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra announces a return to live concerts after a year of pandemic postponements.

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Before lockdown the orchestra pulled off a major coup in appointing one of the world’s leading musicians, Joanna MacGregor CBE as their new Music Director. COVID delayed her first season, but one year on her exciting programme is being re-instated at Brighton Dome Concert Hall and other venues across the city.

COVID-19 has not thwarted Joanna from producing a wonderful programme for the BPO featuring the Mozart, Brahms, Elgar and Ravel but also including film, folk music and Argentinian tango. The orchestra can’t wait to get back on stage to fire up audiences once more.

The 2021/22 season is Joanna MacGregor’s first season with the BPO and alongside the usual Brighton Dome Concert Hall events Joanna has programmed a number of chamber music concerts featuring the orchestra’s star players at Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts and St Luke’s Church (Queens Park).

www.brightonphil.org.uk

 

Joanna MacGregor with Brighton Philharmonc Orchestra at Brighton Dome on 26th September 2021

Argentine Tango’s advance into European classical concerts reached its ultimate seal of British approval and media exposure this month. Astor Piazzolla’s most well-known composition Libertango was included in The Last Night of The Proms, complete with twice-appearing accordionist Ksenija Sodorova, from Latvia, front-stage.

Along with bandoneon – the Argentine accordion – piano, double bass and violin constitute core Piazzolla tango orchestration and the nostalgic Hispanic atmosphere began enthusing amateur recreational dancers across Britain before it did musicians. The jazz and improvisational element ruled out classical musicians becoming practitioners, unless of wider breeding or stylistic bent.

Two exceptions have emerged from London in the recent years of tango dance centres taking root in enlightened cities (Brighton included) – one the programmatically-pioneering British pianist Joanna MacGregor, the other and London-based Polish violinist Kamila Bydlowska.

Captivated by Argentine Tango, MacGregor became a pianist with Piazzolla’s authentic posthumously-revived orchestra. Bydlowska is today one quarter of London-based band Tango Terra Kuarteto, an otherwise male ensemble of Argentinians embedded in the London tango tuition and dance culture. Two women who thus prepare classical concertos for performance one day, and another day leap eagerly as well as comfortably into the tango groove.

MacGregor gave her own arrangement of Three Piazzolla Tangos (Michelangelo 70, Milanga del Angel, Libertango) with five Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra string players in a Brighton Dome livestreamed Sunday Coffee Concert of chamber music in April. Now on Sunday, September 26 (2.45pm) her arrangement will separate Mozart’s 9th and 21st Piano Concertos in the opening orchestral concert of BPO’s 2021-22 season.

Two days earlier, Bydlowska is also in Brighton action, at the Music & Wine at St Luke’s series on Friday 24th September (7.30). She will be playing Piazzolla’s Tango for the 1988 film Sur called Vuelvo Al sur’ (‘I’m going back to the South’). This comes in her concert with the Ukrainian pianist Olga Paliy, alongside Igor Frolov’s virtuoso Concert Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. Yet included on the same programme are Brahms’ FAE Sonata Scherzo, Saint-Saens’ substantial Violin Sonata No 1 in D minor, and some Prokofiev. We are in freshened new times.

We find two women in classical music taking the tango game to the guys. But doesn’t the woman do that in the tango dance itself? Is there any matching historic classic dance where traditionally the woman does as much controlling as the man?

Unsurprisingly, it’s women who are driving tango in city venues in our and provincial pockets of growth. Tango Terra Kuarteto are in hotspot demand not only in the capital (including The South Bank Centre), Brighton, Bristol and Portsmouth, but also enclaves such as Dorchester and Hertford.

But why is Tango now rubbing shoulders with classical like this? Is it because audiences rather like watching musicians in black and white concert dress undoing buttons, shedding their straitjacket, flexing their improvisatory muscles, creating a more relaxed spontaneity – and stirring up a more palpable passion?

Richard Amey

Kamila Bydlowska is an associate artiste of The International Interview Concerts

Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra announces New Season 2021-2

This coming season – our sixth – will be dedicated to the link between the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hastings Municipal Orchestra for which the White Rock Theatre was created. We will focus on three of the most prominent composers of the Hastings Municipal Orchestra: Julian Clifford, Julius Harrison, and Basil Cameron. We are excited to be the orchestra in residence at the theatre and we look forward to welcoming you in September.

Our core aim remains as before – to put Hastings back on the map as a centre of excellence for classical music. We are ready to launch a season of 19 diverse and exciting concerts and intend to continue our dynamic work engaging with the local community, developing partnerships, and seeking out sustainable funding.

Full details
https://www.hastingsphilorchestra.co.uk/2021-2022-season