By Jane Gordon and Caf Fean

Hastings Early Music Festival returns this Autumn, featuring world-renowned choir, THE SIXTEEN. One of the newest festivals in the area, the line-up presents established musicians of international calibre performing in three concerts, at St Mary in the Castle and Kino Teatr as well as offering opportunities for musicians and the general public to participate.

St Leonards based artistic director, international performer and violinist Jane Gordon tells us more: “The Early Music Festival, ‘Sound of Times’, is a platform for musicians performing on period instruments. Baroque flute, harpsichord, lute and baroque violins, some around 300 years old, produce the sounds that we imagine would have been heard at the time the music was written. To discover more, members of the public are invited to ‘open rehearsals’ and ‘artists in conversation’ sessions.”

Catch some fantastic performances
Delight in THE SIXTEEN who open proceedings with their ‘Queen of Heaven’ programme at St Mary in the Castle. This features Allegri Miserere and James MacMillan, followed by a Concert by Candlelight from the Festival Baroque Orchestra, with guest soloists on the Friday evening. Jane Gordon’s award-winning Rautio Piano Trio, will give the final concert of the festival: don’t miss ‘Mozart’s Court’, a theatrical production of Mozart’s opera arias performed with piano trio and soprano soloist at the Kino Teatr.

Dig deeper into early music forms
Join Workshop Day, where Eamonn Dougan, Associate conductor of THE SIXTEEN, will lead a choral workshop. Jane Gordon is leading a baroque orchestral workshop, for any musicians who would like to study baroque playing styles in depth.

The Early Music Festival welcomes new audiences and offers a number of free tickets online to jobseekers, students and under 18s.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 18th October 
The Sixteen, St Mary in the Castle

Friday 19th October
Concert by Candlelight with the Festival Baroque Orchestra, St Mary in the Castle

Saturday 20th October
Workshop Day, Christ Church, St Leonards 

Sunday 21st October   
Rautio Piano Trio’s final festival concert, Kino Teatr

Full information and tickets online:
Tickets also from Hastings Tourist Information Centre: 01424 451111

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