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Two nights with the Hastings Philharmonic - the classical music scene in Hastngs is exploding....

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Last night we went to a concert with the Hastings Philharmonic - orchestra and choir, for the Monteverdi Vespers. Two weeks ago we went to another, and we have more booked. Next weekend we have two nights at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition final, and I've just picked up a flyer for Opera South-East's Eugene Onegin from Philosopher's 'to do' pile. The music scene round here is exploding.....      I've posted about the Piano Competition before, so won't get into it again.  Here's last year's glowing write-up.  However, the Philharmonic is quite new - I think it is another cultural initiative helped by the folk up at Fairlight Hall. The choir has been around for a long itme, but has only recently been supplemented by a (high-class) professional orchestra. Back in October we had a fantastic night at St Mary-in-the-Castle for a piano concerto night, which nearly blew our ears off... the soloist was Kenneth Broburg, winner of the 20…

Battleaxe learns about performing poetry - with Live Canon

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As readers will know, I have made efforts to take part in poetry readings, with varying degrees of success. One of my resolutions for this year was to do better, so booked onto a one-day course in London with an outfit called Live Canon.      If you want to know what I am talking about see previous posts, eg the WI Literary Lunch and St Clement's Church and the horrors of St Leonard's Festival. 
     We do have Slam Dunk -  a poetry slam night in Hastings - I've been to watch, but there are rather a lot of what I describe as 'ranters' and others who seem to think that the merits of a poem lie in maximum amounts of effing and blinding twattery ... I know that's a bit unfair and it's probably only me making excuses for not joining in...
Live Canon  has an ensemble that performs and records poetry. It publishes poetry and puts on competitions and poetry events.  It is largely run by free-lancers, volunteers etc., but seems to be a really good thing.  The leade…

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. Battleaxe seeks winter sun....and fails

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Just back from 5 days in Las Palmas, Gran  Canaria. In my last post I mentioned urgent need for sun. This was our attempt to get some. It was not successful.
Before Battleaxe starts slagging everything off, l’ll say that Philosopher and I do enjoy our holidays. It is always good to explore somewhere new, and I thought Las Palmas would suit us as it is a proper city. As readers will know, I do love old hotels. Anything described as ‘faded grandeur’ or a ‘grand old lady’ on Tripadviser, I’ll go for it.
      So I spotted the Hotel Santa Catalina in Las Palmas. Opened in 1889, Victorian Colonial style, the oldest in the islands, stayed in by the usual globetrotting suspects - Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Ernest Hemingway and of course the King of Spain. Despite being undeniably faded, it still rates as 5* and was unfeasibly expensive, but hey, we were only there a few nights....

Why do we so often have bad weather luck on holiday? We’ve shivered in Paris, frozen in Granada, …

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