Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra, Events
Over one hundred years ago Hastings was proud to support a professional orchestra, the Hastings Municipal Orchestra, which regularly performed high-quality classical music concerts with international soloists under the baton of renowned conductors. In the coming year, Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra
(HPO) is celebrating its link with the Hastings Municipal Orchestra, for which the White Rock Theatre was created. (The White Rock Theatre has invited HPO to become “Orchestra in Residence” at the theatre, and during the eighteen months before reopening, the management spent considerable sums reinstating some of the original acoustic features of the White Rock Pavilion/Theatre, which were removed in the 1980s when the venue was converted into a “theatre”.
The celebration’s highlight is a concert by the HPO at the White Rock Theatre on 28 th January (7.30 – 9.30 pm), and tickets will be on sale soon. The concert features:
WAGNER Tannhäuser Overture
BEAL Symphony No. 10 (World Premiere)
*HARRISON Bredon Hill
**RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No 3
*Julius Harrison (composer of Bredon Hill) became conductor of the Hastings Municipal Orchestra in 1930. In Hastings he ran an annual festival and, during the summer season, conducted up to twelve concerts a week. He raised the standard of the orchestra to challenge that of its south-coast rival, the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, securing the services of guest artists including the conductors Sir Henry Wood and Sir Adrian Boult, pianists such as Clifford Curzon and Benno Moiseiwitsch, and singers including George Baker.
When the Hastings Municipal Orchestra was disbanded after the outbreak of the Second World War, Harrison became director of music at Malvern College (1940-2). Bredon Hill, a BBC commission, was composed just after Harrison left his Hastings post, and first performed in 1941.
**This concerto was played in Hastings with the Hastings Municipal Orchestra in the 1930s.
For more details please see here: https://www.hastingsphilorchestra.co.uk/28th-january
The HPO intends to hold up to three pre-concert talks about the Hastings Municipal Orchestra and its history, including probably one on the Saturday afternoon prior to the concert and another on the previous Friday evening. This allows local people to join in discussion and share information on this fascinating subject. H & St. L Society has been approached to be involved in organising these events. We will keep you posted on the dates/times and venues. Please also keep a look out on our website for updates.
Christmas Gala Concert
Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra also has a Christmas Gala Concert on 18 th December (7.30 – 9.30 pm) at Christ Church, Silchester Road, St. Leonards-on- Sea.
The concert will include:
TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker Suite No.1
ANDERSON Sleigh Ride
TCHAIKOVSKY Christmas Waltz
HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel Overture
Hark the Herald
O come all ye faithful
Berlioz The Shepherds Farewell
Once in Royal David’s City
Away in a Manger
For more details see here: https://www.hastingsphilorchestra.co.uk/18th-december
Hastings & St. Leonards Society committee