Events & Exhibitions

Ticketing Information

St Mary in the Castle does not have a permanent box office on site at the moment but there are several outlets you can buy tickets from, if available an icon appears in the relevant section, by clicking these icons you will be taken to the relevant online ticket sales site. They are often sold online at our Music Glue page or at the Hastings Tourist Information Centre in the town.


April Film Screening: Flatliners (15)

Friday 28th April -Doors 6:45pm


Doors: 6.45pm

Start: 7.15pm

Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

Jazz Breakfast- Liane Carroll and Mike Hatchard

Sunday 23rd April - Doors Open at 10.30am

The Friends of St Mary in the Castle Present Liane Carrol and Mike Hatchard Together! Enjoy a morning of jazz classics and easy listening.

Tickets £10 or £9 for members.  Available at the St Mary in the Castle Cafe or ticket source:

Tickets include a free hot drink and pastry!

Jack in the Green Ceilidhs

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April - Doors Open at 7.30pm

Once again we have two great nights celebrating Jack in the Green!

Saturday 29th: BANTER- CEILIDH

Playing fabulous tunes with a fresh viewpoint and a cheeky twist on the Tradition.

Featuring Simon Care (melodeon), Nina Zella (piano/keyboards) and Tim Walker (brass, percussion & caller), Banter is a band to watch. Bursting on to the Festival scene in their first year, Banter are all about having a great night dancing to the best tunes, played with a cheeky twist …



English Ceilidh Band Take the Biscuit combines exciting young duo Beth Gifford (Viola) and Matt Brookes (Accordion) with experience driving back line Rob Gifford (Drums; Committee Band, Gas Mark 5, Chalktown, Stomp) and Trevor Lines (Bass; Ran Tan Band, Moltenamba, Kate Doubleday).
The band plays at least one tune written by every member of the band, combining mostly original material with some traditional English tunes.
In their debut season, Spring 2016 Biscuits played Red Fox Ceilidhs (Leicester - 5th March) to a packed house and sold out Knees Up Cecil Sharp (London - 19th February 2016) on their first visit!

Caller Sheena Masson  will talk you through the moves.


Fairport Convention

Saturday 6th May - Doors Open at 6:45pm

Fairport Convention are celebrating a big birthday for they were co-founded way back in 1967 by Simon Nicol and Ashley Hutchings.

Such distinguished musicians as Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews and Dave Swarbrick have all done their bit over the years with the band, which is now in the safe hands of Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie, and the superb percussionist, Gerry Conway.

Auditorium Box Seats £23.50 & Balcony Seats £20.50 by telephone from the Hailsham Pavilion - 01323 841414

Balcony Seats also from Hastings Tourist Information Sea Front Office - 01424 451111 and from Music’s Not Dead, Bexhill - 01424 552435

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

J. Brahms – Symphony n.2 L.van Beethoven – Choral fantasy op. 80 L.van Beethoven – Egmont Overture

Saturday 20th May - Doors Open at 6.30pm

The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, was composed by Johannes Brahms in the summer of 1877, during a visit to Pörtschach am Wörthersee, a town in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Its composition was brief in comparison with the fifteen years it took Brahms to complete his First Symphony. The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but, perhaps mischievously, Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, 1877, that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning.

The Coriolan Overture Op. 62 was written by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1807 for Heinrich Joseph von Collin's 1804 tragedy Coriolan.

The structure and themes of the overture follow the play very generally. The main C minor theme represents Coriolanus' resolve and war-like tendencies (he is about to invade Rome), while the more tender E-flat major theme represents the pleadings of his mother to desist. Coriolanus eventually gives in to tenderness, but since he cannot turn back having led an army of his former enemies to Rome's gates, he kills himself. (This differs from the better-known play Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, in which he is murdered. Both Shakespeare's and Collin's plays are about the same semi-legendary figure, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, whose actual fate was not recorded.)

The overture was premiered in March 1807 at a private concert in the home of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz.

Tickets:£22,50 (stalls), £17,50 (gallery)

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

The Battle of the Somme

Sunday 21st May - Doors Open at 2:30pm

A performance of a new score accompanying a screening of the 1916 film 'The Battle of the Somme'

Hastings Sinfonia is proud to be part of Somme100 FILM, an international project bringing together 100 live orchestral performances of the IWM film The Battle of the Somme to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle. The original restored 1916 film, by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell, with our live performance of Laura Rossi's new score, lasts approximately 74 minutes. It is not recommended for children under 12.

We are delighted that our performance will be introduced by two special guest speakers:
Dr Toby Haggith from The Imperial War Museums
and the composer Laura Rossi.

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

Marking the June Full Moon

Friday 9th June - Doors Open at 7:30pm

Leszek Sulich willtake you to the magical place of personal harmony with a performance of Tibetan Music.

Share this opportunity to relax and recover your mind and body in balance with the amplification of the Moon and the Chakra's and exceptional acoustic of St Mary's

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

Highly Inflammable

Saturday 10th June - Doors open 7:30pm

An original play influenced by the music of punk legend Poly Styrene.

Set in two equally explosive eras - 1977 and post-Brexit Britain - Highly Inflammable uses Poly’s prophetic lyrics and ideas to explore very modern day problems. Or are they?

‘Highly Inflammable’ will be the centrepiece of a unique day dedicated to the X-Ray Spex frontwoman who saw the Sex Pistols on Hastings Pier in 1976 and was inspired to form her own punk band.

An exhibition in St Mary’s crypt will feature private memorabilia, unreleased recordings and Poly’s last interview. A panel discussion will explore Poly’s influence on a new generation of musicians, writers and artists. Live music by local bands playing Poly will round out the evening.

‘Highly Inflammable’ - waiting to explode under the dome in St Mary in the Castle.

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Ticket prices £10 (conc) /£12 adult on Music Glue.

Tickets available on the door at £15

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

Liane Carroll - The Right to Love Album Launch with Big Band and Strings

Saturday 22nd July - Doors Open at 7pm

Liane's stunning new album 'The Right To Love' will be released later this year, and St Mary in the Castle has been chosen to host one of her three launch evenings! More Information to come!

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.

The Drawtones + Deptford Rivieras

Saturday 23rd September - Doors 7:00pm

2 Top Jazz, Funk and Soul Organ Bands.

With 2 Jools Holland Saxophonists Derek Nash and Phil Veacock!

The Drawtones featuring Rod Pooley (Jazz Organ), Derek Nash (Saxophone from Jools Holland R&B Orchestra), Emily Farrar (Vocals), Andy Williams (Guitar), Simon Brewin (Bass) and Jessica Dann (Drums.

The Deptford Rivieras - Leading East London Hammond Organ Trio featuring Gary Baldwin (Hammond Organ), Phil Veacock (Saxophone from Jools Holland R&B Orchestra) and Alan Savage (Drums).

The show will be a showcase of top class musicianship from award winning Jazz musicians. Original compositions from The Drawtones/ Derek Nash new album "Down the Line" plus all the jazz greats including Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Lou Donaldson, Miles Davis, John Scofield, Jimmy McGriff, Herbie Hancock and many more...

Tickets are available from the following vendors, click on the icon to visit the sales sites.


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The crypt gallery at St Mary in the Castle is an exhibition space unique to the building. With its rich history as a burial for members of the Churches congregation, the crypt is brimming with atmosphere and intrigue. The alcoves make it a perfect space for group shows, or for dividing different aspects of your work, and lends itself to the installation of multi-media artworks.

The space has been used to exhibit the art of international and local artists and has been a key location for local arts festivals, including Coastal Currents and the PhotoHastings season.

St Mary in the Castle has played host to numerous high profile exhibitions, most notably a Lee Miller and Roland Penrose Surrealist Exhibition that ran alongside a performance in our auditorium of ‘The Angel and the Fiend’, a dramatic reading of the life of Lee Miller.

Running concurrently with major exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, St Mary in the Castle has begun hosting exhibitions in partnership with Project Artworks.

As well as being located in the centre of Hastings, the space receives through traffic from the St Marys restaurant and attendees to the many St Mary in the Castle events.

Here at St Marys we endeavour to have an excellent visual arts program that compliments the beauty of the building and places us at the centre of the emerging arts scene here in Hastings.

Thom Kofoed Exhibition at St Mary in the Castle 2017

Thom Kofoed

untitled (Miss. Ms. Other)

22nd April - 28th May
10.00am - 4.00pm

A collection of paintings, drawings and film exploring disparate experiences of gender, and celebrating women. 

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