7pm October 18 The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

7pm October 19 Concert by Candlelight

This exciting new festival brings international performers to Hastings for choral and instrument concerts at St Mary in the Castle and Kino Teatr.

Launching the festival on October 18th we welcome to Hastings THE SIXTEEN ‘The Voices of Classic FM’. The choir is one of the greatest ensembles performing across the globe today and receives world wide acclaim. Conducted by their founder, Harry Christophers, their sell out concerts are renowned for their distinctive sound, virtuosity and musicianship. The wonderful acoustic of St Mary in The Castle will create an evening to remember.

The following evening, a Concert by Candlelight with special guests internationally renowned Eden Stell Guitar Duo performing Vivaldi double guitar concerto and virtuoso harpsichordist Julian Perkins and flautist Neil McLaren performing Bach’s Brandenburg No 5. Festival artistic director Jane Gordon will performing Summer from Vivaldi’s 4 seasons and the concert will feature the festival ensemble HEMF Baroque Orchestra, which draws together some of the UK’s leading period instrument specialists.

In addition to the concerts there are Open Rehearsals and pre-concert events Artists in Conversation. This year’s festival has an exciting new event, Workshop Day, where singers and instrumentals are invited to spend the day playing music selected from the concerts.

Hastings Early Music Festival 18 -21 October.