Hastings Sinfonia is an orchestra formed by local professional and talented amateur musicians, we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming. Founded in 2012 by local composer and pianist Polo Piatti, we perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, often playing many shorter pieces. We include old classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and new melodic works by living composers; our concerts are therefore ideal for people new to classical music as well as serious music lovers. We bring passion and enthusiasm to all of our concerts and love exciting challenges.
We currently perform two main concerts a year inviting professional soloists to join us. These have included: Daniel Rainey (Violin), Thomasin Trezise (Soprano), Gediminas Varna (Tenor), Christopher Beaumont (Xylophone), Howard Southern (Piano), Gary Marriott (Tenor) Polo Piatti (Piano) Ayaka Tanimoto (Mezzo-soprano), Randy Nichol (Tenor), Simon Proctor (Piano), Ana Leon (Flamenco dancer), Giulio Tampalini (guitar) Daisy Noton (Flute), Oliver Poole (Piano)
We have recently performed with the London Mozart Players the premier of Polo Piatti's Multi-Faith Oratorio Libera Nos at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. In addition have performed short interactive concerts at local primary schools, performed at the 2013 International Composers Festival and the Midsummer Fish Fests at the Stade, Old Town, Hastings, we have dressed up and had great fun being part of Hastings Pirates day celebrations plus was one of the orchestras that took part in The Battle Of The Somme Centenary Tour.
We are considering and planning many more exciting events for the future.
"Performing Polo Piatti's Libera Nos Oratorio was an utterly thrilling and unforgettable experience. Musically, the Oratorio takes you on a powerful, emotional journey, through the hope of creation, the self-assuredness of shaping our world through laws and rites, the despair of humankind’s encounter with death and damnation, and finally the promise of redemption and joy in togetherness. It achieves this through evocative melodies and rhythms, and passages of spine-tingling beauty and depth. It left performers and the audience moved and elated. Being able to premiere this work was a real privilege and encountering musical influences from so many different cultural and religious traditions -the result of years of research and intuitive understanding by Piatti - was deeply enriching. Playing with the London Mozart Players was a real highlight and the musical skills we learned from them will benefit our orchestra for years to come. It was also a joy to share the stage with the children of St Richard’s Catholic college Children’s Choir and share the power of this piece with a next generation of musicians.”
The strings sections of the Hastings Sinfonia took part in a masterclass led by Adrian Charlesworth and Anita Strevens, we had a fabulous morning and learnt so much from these two great musicians, we are really looking forward to now putting our newfound skills into practice. Hoping this will be the first of many such sessions.
New members are very welcome, especially strings and brass, please contact us for current vacancies firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the colours of summer with Gerschwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Hastings Sinfonia has a dream of a programme for our midsummer’s concert on Saturday 1st July with much-loved classics, newly-composed works, and a chance to hear George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue performed by Hasting’s pianist Howard Southern.
Hastings Sinfonia takes great pleasure in performing two works dedicated to Hastings landmarks: Paul Lewis's Lifeboat March and Gary Judds Funicular (the East Hill Railway).
We will also play two pieces by our Musical Director composer Polo Piatti, including Tristesse And Passion, featuring solo violin by Yunus Eshekh-Alonso, our youngest member and one of our star young talents.
Join us for a joyous night of music and a celebration of Hastings’ extraordinary community talent!
Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin
soloist: Howard Southern
Panorama Overture Sleeping Beauty by
L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 by Georges Bizet
Hastings Funicular by Garry Judd
Joie De Vivre by Polo Piatti
Si J’etais Roi Overture by Adolphe Adam
Happy Overture by Jonathan Bruce
Tristesse And Passion by Polo Piatti
soloist: Yunus Eshekh-Alonso
My Princess by Yerkesh Shakeyev
soloist: Howard Southern
Hastings Lifeboat March by Paul Lewis