Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra


Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra has embarked on its vibrant sixth season and is delighted to offer a diverse programme of high-quality music at different venues in the area. 

There has been much excitement in recent weeks as HPO announced its 2021-22 season, its first as the orchestra in residence at the White Rock Theatre. This sixth season, supported by the Fairlight Arts Trust and transformational funding from new sponsors Penn Elcom, has a fresh dimension to it. It sets out to celebrate an important heritage link with the Hastings Municipal Orchestra – the professional orchestra formed in Hastings back at the onset of the 20th century. Key concerts will recall the dynamic conductors of this early orchestra who wanted to make Hastings an important centre for classical music and will make connections with the current orchestra created by Marcio da Silva in 2016 with the aim ‘to put Hastings back on the map as a centre of excellence for classical music’.

Marcio da Silva

Audiences have many delights in store in the coming months. In October, lovers of Mozart opera will be delighted to learn that a cast of young international soloists at the start of their operatic careers will be performing the much-loved comic opera The Marriage of Figaro in the 270-seat theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Vinehall School, Robertsbridge. Marcio da Silva will be both Stage and Music Director for this energetic and entertaining fully staged production with orchestral accompaniment.

November brings an opportunity to enjoy a concert featuring HPO Strings at St Martyr Church, Winchelsea. A programme that includes not only Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings but also Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D Minor with Stephanie Gurga, travelling from Switzerland as the soloist, promises to be a real treat.

Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra

Then December will bring a double offering of enjoyment. The semi-professional HPO Singers start the month with a gloriously moving concert in St Leonards-on-Sea that includes Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, with fantastic soloists. And, as Christmas draws closer, what better than a Gala Concert of orchestral gems from HPO (Sleighrides, Waltzes and Nutcracker Suites) and choral delights from Hastings Philharmonic Choir and our children’s choir HPO Songbirds, including favourite traditional carols.

All the details about dates, venues, times, and information on how to book tickets can be found at www.hastingsphilorchestra.co.uk. Why not open your diary and plan to brighten up the weeks ahead with some musical cheer? We welcome new audience members as well as those who have joined us before. If you have any questions, please email: info@hastingsphilorchestra.co.uk

Photos by Peter Mould

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