Welcome to Hastings Early Music Festival:
Sound of Times

Now in it’s third year, the festival returns in October bringing international performers to Hastings for concerts, workshops and events at St Mary in the Castle, Kino Teatr and Hastings Contemporary (formerly Jerwood Gallery).
Sound of Times traces music back through time from Monteverdi to Bach and Vivaldi to Schubert. The Festival aims to venture beyond traditional classical music boundaries, bridging the gap between audiences and performers through Open Rehearsals and Workshops. These explore the composers’ world and performers’ working process, giving insight into how this music has stood the test of time.

Last year’s Festival was a resounding success. THE SIXTEEN performed to a sold out hall at St Mary in the Castle, Sunday afternoon Mozart’s Court concert was performed to a full house and we had record attendance at the Concert by Candlelight. This has firmly established Hastings Early Music Festival as an event recognised for its original and dynamic programming featuring high calibre artists.

We are delighted that the 2019 festival features internationally renowned vocal ensemble I Fagiolini. Directed by it’s founder Robert Hollingworth, they will be performing their new immersive concert ‘Leonardo Shaping the Invisible.
“a deeply rewarding way to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.’ The Observer (5 stars)
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s restless curiosity, Shaping the Invisible explores his best-loved images through the prism of music. Introduced by Leonardo expert Professor Martin Kemp, the programme matches projections of Da Vinci’s iconic art with vocal masterworks.

Enjoy an evening of baroque concertos performed on authentic period instrumentals in a ‘Concert by Candlelight’. Festival artistic director Jane Gordon returns with HEMF Baroque, the Festival Ensemble, which draws together international period instrument specialists. They will perform a exciting programme of Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann concertos displaying the Italian style fashionable of the era. Featuring solo, double, triple and quadruple concertos, each member of the ensemble displays their virtuosity with music from the height of the Baroque period including Bach’s double violin concerto and Brandenburg Concerto no.3

This year’s chamber music concert will be given by BBC New Generation Artists the Consone Quartet. The Sunday afternoon programme includes quartets by Haydn, Schubert and Schumann. Pianist Jan Rautio presents Bach In Focus exploring Italian connections in a coffee concert of JS Bach’s music, mirroring the theme of the ‘Concert by Candlelight’.

New to this year’s festival is Baroque for Babies in association with Baby Sense held at Hastings Contemporary (formerly Jerwood Gallery) for parents/carers and infants.

Following the success of last year’s choral and instrumental workshops, we have two sessions again this year.

  • Choral workshop with I Fagiolini’s Director Robert Hollingworth
  • Baroque instrumental workshop conducted by artistic director Jane Gordon.

HEMF Friends & Patrons scheme invites you to join and support us in return for a variety of benefits. These include meeting the artists, personalised ticket booking, reserved seating and exclusive events ‘open rehearsals’.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hastings Early Music Festival 2019.

Artistic Director, Jane Gordon

Jane has an international career as a performer and has toured major concert venues throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. With a passion for historically informed performance, she has appeared as a guest leader with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Bach Society, European Brandenburg Orchestra, Casa da Musica (Portugal) and Korean National Opera. She is currently a member of the English Baroque Soloists, under John Eliot Gardiner and regularly performs at Glyndebourne. In 2017 she was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her contribution to the music profession. Jane is based in St Leonards and launched the Festival in 2017.