Welcome to Hastings Early Music Festival 2017: Sound of Times

‘Sound Of Times’, our Festival theme, traces classical music back through time, from Beethoven to Bach and beyond into Medieval times. Launching at Hastings’ new concert hall, Opus Theatre, the concerts feature internationally acclaimed musicians, many with an East Sussex connection and from Glyndebourne’s Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Festival’s aim is to venture beyond traditional classical music boundaries, bridging the gap between audiences and performers. One of the ways we will do this is by simply talking more and inviting audiences into the players’ creative world. Open rehearsals and pre-concert events ‘artists in conversation’ will create the space to explore the composers’ fascinating lives and give insights as to why some of the best loved classical music today has stood the test of time. The concerts also explore both musical and theatrical elements with guest actors. The musicians play on historical instruments, some over 300 years old, recreating a beautiful and authentic sound world from the composers’ time.

About our artistic director

Artistic director violinist Jane Gordon has an international career as a performer and has toured major concert venues throughout Europe and the USA. She has a passion for historical performance and is a member of the English Baroque Soloists, under John Eliot Gardiner, and regularly plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with whom she was recently guest leader. Jane has also led for Trevor Pinnock’s European Brandenburg Ensemble and regularly directs concerts for the London Bach Society. In 2017 Jane was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.