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Hastings Philharmonic – New Horizons

Marcio da Silva has never been one to rest on his laurels, no matter how successful the last season, and the plans for 2019-20 envisage new ventures as well as a core of familiar events and faces.

‘Starting from our May concert, we are going to bring orchestral evenings to nearby towns and villages with concerts in Robertsbridge, Etchingham and Winchelsea, with another currently being planned for Rye. The programmes will be based on popular works by Weber, Mozart and Haydn but will also include a world premiere of a work by Bandera who was the audience prize winner of the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Composition competition earlier this year. There will also be opportunities in Hastings to renew our acquaintance with winners of the International Piano Concerto Competition when Fuyima Koido plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 in October and Roman Kosyakov plays Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto in January.

Hastings Philharmonic rehearsing Handel’s Messiah, directed by Marcio da Silva. Photo – Peter Mould

Alongside these events there are core concerts including the Philharmonic Choir. The regular Christmas concert will be preceded in early December by an evening of Advent Cantatas, accompanied by lutenist Cedric Meyer, who had proved so popular when he played for the Philharmonic earlier this season. In April, Choir and Orchestra come together to perform Haydn’s The Creation. This has strong memories both for Marcio da Silva and the members of the Choir as it was the first work he conducted for them when he took over as Musical Director in 2012.

Of the more intimate events, which have become a key feature of the season in recent years, there is a Jazz Night in March with local percussionist Liam Genockey, and in February Aysen Ulucan will give a solo violin recital at Christ Church, St Leonards. Marcio da Silva will himself be the soloist in songs by Mahler and Vaughan Williams in May.

‘Though our audiences are strong and very supportive, we still have no long term financial backing and would welcome those who enjoy our work to join the Friends and if possible encourage others to do so. At the moment the number of rehearsals we can afford to run is entirely dependent upon the income, and sponsorship of individual events would go a long way to ensuring we can continue to maintain the impressively high standards that our players and singers always provide.’

The season opens at St Mary in the Castle on Friday 11th October with works by Mozart and Beethoven, and the full programme for all fourteen events can be found at www.hastingsphilharmonic.com

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